GGRB28H3 Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: Cancer Alley, Externality

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Published on 5 Jul 2012
School
UTSC
Department
Geography
Course
GGRB28H3
Lecture 2 Reading
-Negatives effects happening in one place may cause effects to places nearby Such
“externality effects” are illustrated by the impact on health of those living downwind
of a major chemical installation or in “Cancer Alley, ” the 87-mile section of the
Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, the location of what is
arguably the largest concentration of petrochemical industries in the world (Rosner
and Markowitz, 2002), or, more dramatically and over much greater distances, by the
Chernobyl
explosion.
-Distance, then, is something which relates one place (or location) to another. It is
perhaps the fundamental concept in geography. How is it measured? An obvious and
important measure is the physical distance separating one location from another on
the earth’s surface.
-scale is quite fundamental to what follows, since while health is a property of the
individual we can aggregate health events for those living in a neighborhood, city,
region, or country, in order to estimate disease rates for a set of such units
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Negatives effects happening in one place may cause effects to places nearby such. Externality effects are illustrated by the impact on health of those living downwind of a major chemical installation or in cancer alley, the 87-mile section of the. Mississippi river between baton rouge and new orleans, the location of what is arguably the largest concentration of petrochemical industries in the world (rosner and markowitz, 2002), or, more dramatically and over much greater distances, by the. Distance, then, is something which relates one place (or location) to another. It is perhaps the fundamental concept in geography. An obvious and important measure is the physical distance separating one location from another on the earth"s surface.

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