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Comments 0 Please log in to add your comment. Is the air quality in Sydney as significant an environmental and health issue as it has been described to be? Year 9 Geography Research Action Plan: Air Quality in Sydney What are some examples of media portrayal of the issue?
Has anyone taken actions into addressing this issue? What groups are involved? Which level of government is responsible for addressing the issue? What are the perceptions of these different groups?
Why is the air quality in Sydney a problem? What is the primary cause of this issue? How is it influencing society? Where is the issue most prominent? Focus Questions The techniques that will be used to collect the data are: Finding statistics of Sydney air pollution at Government Websites such as Australian Bureau of statistics. The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper article 'Air quality in Sydney breaches safe levels 19 times' describes the environmental issue of air quality in Sydney, as well as the need for government response.
The article states that Sydney breached the National Air Quality Standards on 19 occasions and that "For Sydney to exceed these standards 19 times in a single year is a distressingly bad performance that requires substantial response from the government. The Sydney Morning Herald article 'Ozone levels to worsen over next 15 years' describes the worsening quality of the air in Sydney projected to with reference to reports compiled by the Department of the Environment, Climate Change and Water.
The article states that 'Sydney's air quality is only going to get worse', as evident by a state government report signalling that residents will suffer from rising levels of ozone.
The report recognises the areas in Sydney of which will be most greatly affected over time; the problem will be worst in the region stretching from Richmond in the north to Macarthur in the south and centred on Bringelly which are identified as major growth areas for the city.
The report compiled by the Department of the Environment, Climate Change and Water argues that unless government action is taken into reducing emissions, population growth will boost petrochemical smog which could 'significantly worsen Sydney's air quality, and potentially expose more people to ozone concentrations. The article briefly highlights current pollution policies but according to opposition environment spokeswoman Cathy Cusack 'NSW has the world's only clean air strategy that sees rising ozone levels locked in and predicted to increase in the future.
The Sydney Morning Herald article 'Growth undermining improved air quality' describes Sydney's risk of falling short of its air pollution targets for photochemical smog and ozone with reference to a report from the NSW Department of the Environment, Climate Change and Water. The article highlights that most indicators of Sydney's air quality have been steadily improving since the s according to University of Technology research, which contended that the air in Sydney could contain more carcinogens than that of a person that smoked 10 cigarettes a day.
The main driver of these described improvements was the switch to unleaded petrol, as well as other changes to vehicle emissions standards. But contrary to these improvements is the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's estimates, which show that the number of days when air pollution from ozone exceeded guidelines would rise 40 per cent from and 92 per cent from The article describes the areas of which will be most greatly affected by an increase in ozone levels; South-west Sydney.
Waste generation per capita is around kg, with kg per capita being recycled. The following graphs and images provide more information. As you can see, data is unfortunately missing for the State of Tasmania and the Northern Territory.
Australia compares favorably to most developing countries and many developed countries, including the US, Canada, and England, but is way behind countries such as Germany. The data, information and statistics show that while Australia is performing to a satisfactory standard in recycling its waste, it is still behind several countries Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, etc.
While most households have their recycling emptied every few weeks, in remoter parts of the country this may amount to once a month, once a year or even a 'as required' service. As productivity continues to rise, we need to ensure that the waste being produced in environmentally friendly, especially hazardous waste. The current costs of industrial-level recycling means many companies are reluctant to pay for more environmentally friends methods. This graph demonstrates how Australian households are managing their waste.
Household waste management is currently a lot better than the waste management at an industrial level, by companies - Reward those who recycle. An example of this put into affect is in the American state of Philadelphia; by converting pounds of recycled material into cash that can be used to buy environmentally friendly products at local stores. This encourages families to recycle, and, in effect, by low environmental impact products that can be recycled.
The current regulations means that it is difficult for smaller operators to get a permit to provide recycling services. Generally, materials eligible for recycling include glass, paper, some metals, most plastics, textiles, and some electronics. Most other products are unable to be recycled and thus end up mostly in landfills, thus polluting the Earth and its biosphere.
Recycling involves both producing the same material that was originally recycled, as well as producing different materials that are still useful in products.
A pretty simple and basic concept, at its basic level it merely means converting something discarded into something useful again. On a larger scale, which is the focus of this Research Action Project, recycling involves waste that are collected from many areas, converted into their raw materials and re-made. An example of this is recycling paper; the fibers in the paper are broken down to form recycled paper, though with its poorer quality recycled paper is less desirable in most circumstances; but also cheaper.
There are also policies and departments of the state level, managed independently by the Australian states and territories. More presentations by Yousheng Li Sutherland Shire. Blog 31 August Prezi at Dreamforce The proof of concept Latest posts. Creating downloadable prezi, be patient.
Year 10 Research Action Plan 68, views. Share; Like; Download Martin Pluss, Geography Teacher and Dean of Learning at Loreto Normanhurst. Follow Published on Aug 25, This is a guide for students undertaking their own fieldwork research. In this case it is about waste management.
Description of activity. Undertake fieldwork and complete a Research Action Plan (RAP) on a selected geographical issue (coastal management) affecting Australian environments in a local context.
Transcript of Geography - Research Action Plan - Waste Management - Recycling in Australia. RECYCLING By Yousheng Li INVESTIGATION AIM merely means converting something discarded into something useful again. On a larger scale, which is the focus of this Research Action Project, recycling involves waste that are collected . Research Action Plan Part A Identifying the aim and the focus question related to Urban Growth and Decline. What is Urban Growth and Decline Urban growth is the absolute increase in the physical size and total population of urban areas.
Year 10 Geography Term 1. Maps. Calculate the density of a feature. Calculate local relief. Identify the aspect of a slope. Measure bearings on a map. Construct a cross-section. Calculate the gradient of a slope. Research Action Plan. Research Action Plan Example 1. Research Action Plan Example 2. WHAT IS A RESEARCH ACTION PLAN (RAP)? USING FIELDWORK TO INVESTIGATE GEOGRAPHICAL ISSUES. Fieldwork is an essential component as we develop our understanding of geographic issues. It allows you to learn about an issue directly and consider the processes and features learned throughout your study.