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carbon monoxide per year into the environment, only 0.04% of the total production, yet release 26,300 tons of nitrogen oxides into the environment per year, an astounding 48.74% of all NOx released per year by the city (Reich). Combined, the effects of the pollution of these thermal power plants in conjunction with the harmful gases released by the transportation sector release 99.45% of the carbon monoxide and 94.31% of the nitrogen oxides that enters the Buenos Aires environment annually (Reich). While Buenos Aires itself does not suffer from levels of air pollution that begin to directly effect the health of its residents in the manner that can occur in Latin America cities renowned for their air pollution such as Mexico City, other large cities in Argentina have begun to feel the negative affects of air pollution more strongly. Because of its location on a vast, largely flat plain next to the La Plata river system, Buenos Aires experiences gusty winds on a regular basis that refresh the air and whisk away much of the air pollution that accumulates over the city. However in the case of cities such as Córdoba, geographical location can begin to inhibit the dispersion of air pollution. Due to the topography and geographic location of Córdoba, the air pollution generated from the city largely sits over the metropolis rather than dispersing into the environment. In the winter particularly, Córdoba experiences little rain and predominantly


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