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Atmosphere: Latin America and the Caribbean

Air pollution is one of the most critical environmental issues in the Latin America and Caribbean Region because of its impact on human health, especially in urban areas. Rapid urbanization, population growth, industrialization and a growing number of motor vehicles are the main causes of air pollution. The region is also prone to the negative impacts of stratospheric ozone layer depletion.