Assignment 2: Poverty and Pollution Case Study
Due Week 8 and worth 300 points
Read Case 7.2 titled “Poverty and Pollution,” prior to starting this assignment.
Write a 6-8 page paper in which you:
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- Determine the ethical implications of businesses polluting in a third world country. Explain your rationale.
- Suggest the reasons a business may conduct operations in a third world country and disregard any standards of pollution control.
- It has been said that pollution is the price of progress. Assess the connections between economic progress and development, on the one hand, and pollution controls and environmental protection, on the other.
- Support the argument that human beings have a moral right to a livable environment regardless of the country they live in.
- Take a position on whether wealthy nations have an obligation to provide poorer nations with, or help them develop, greener industries and sources of energy. Explain your rationale.
- Propose a plan for uniform global pollution control standards and how you would enforce them.
- Use at least three (3) quality references. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not quality as academic resources.
Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:
Poverty and Pollution
From: Moral Issues in Business 8th ed. Shaw & Barry (pp. 565-566)
It is called Brazil’s “valley of death,” and it may be the most polluted place on Earth. It lies about an hour’s drive south of Sao Paulo, where the land suddenly drops 2,000 feet to a coastal plane. More than 100,000 people live in the valley, along with a variety of industrial plants that discharge thousands of tons of pollutants into the air every day. A reporter for National Geographic recalls that within an hour of his arrival in the valley, his chest began aching as the polluted air inflamed his bronchial tubes and restricted his breathing.
The air in the valley is loaded with toxins–among them benzene, a known carcinogen. One in ten of the area’s factory workers has a low white blood cell count, a possible precursor to leukemia. Infant mortality is 10 percent higher here than in the region as a whole. Out of 40,000 urban residents in the valley municipality of Cubatao, nearly 13,000 cases of respiratory disease were reported in a recent year.