Energy and its Impact on the Environment

Posted in 2001 Papers

Transportation is the major source of air pollution in the West Bank. Gasoline and diesel are used for transportation. Three factors make pollution from vehicles in the West Bank more serious. First, most of the used vehicles are in poor condition and of old models. Second, low quality fuels are used. Third, the road networks in the West Bank are in poor conditions. Pollutants in air are not measured. Air pollution is growing with the increase in population and developing in industry. In this paper, the annual amount of pollutants emitted to air as a result of gasoline vehicles in the West Bank will be estimated. The estimates are based on the WHO Transportation Air Emission Inventories.

Gas stations in the West Bank are responsible for selling the gasoline in addition to changing the motor oil. From an environmental point of view, practices in these gas stations are threatening to the environment as they give little considerations to the safety of individuals or to the natural environment. Oil storage tanks and the used motor oil at these stations are threatening the air and the water resources in the area. The paper also focuses on environmental problems at the gas stations in the West Bank.

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