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Pollution is the biggest challenge facing Egypt and its water supply.1 Industrial runoff, agricultural runoff, and sewage are routinely deposited in the Nile River.2 Egypt is densely populated, waste storage is limited, and water treatment plants are scarce.3 Air pollution has increased in the past decade due to the significant population increase.4 In Cairo today, the average citizen inhales 20 times more than the acceptable level of air pollution daily.5 Along with the increased pollution, Egypt has to reform its environmental policies to help mitigate the negative effects that are caused by climate change and a rapidly expanding population.6

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1 http://www.nationsencyclopedia.com/Africa/Egypt-ENVIRONMENT.html
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6 http://www.eeaa.gov.eg/english/main/envprofile.asp
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Geography

Northern Africa, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Libya and the Gaza Strip, and the Red Sea north of Sudan, and includes the Asian Sinai Peninsula
Area

Total 1,001,450 sq km
Land 995,450 sq km
Water 6,000 sq km

Climate

desert; hot, dry summers with moderate winters
Natural Resources

petroleum, natural gas, iron ore, phosphates, manganese, limestone, gypsum, talc, asbestos, lead, rare earth elements, zinc ;
Natural Hazards

periodic droughts; frequent earthquakes; flash floods; landslides; hot, driving windstorms called khamsin occur in spring; dust storms; sandstorms
Current Environmental Issues

agricultural land being lost to urbanization and windblown sands; increasing soil salination below Aswan High Dam; desertification; oil pollution threatening coral reefs, beaches, and marine habitats; other water pollution from agricultural pesticides, raw sewage, and industrial effluents; limited natural freshwater resources away from the Nile, which is the only perennial water source; rapid growth in population overstraining the Nile and natural resources

Demographics

Nationality
Egyptian
Population
85,294,388 (July 2013 est.)
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Occupying the northeast corner of the African continent, Egypt is bisected by the highly fertile Nile valley, where most economic activity takes place. Egypt's economy was highly centralized during the rule of former President Gamal Abdel NASSER but opened up considerably under former Presidents Anwar EL-SADAT and Mohamed Hosni MUBARAK. Cairo from 2004 to 2008 aggressively pursued economic reforms to attract foreign investment and facilitate GDP growth. Despite the relatively high levels of economic growth in recent years, living conditions for the average Egyptian remained poor and contributed to public discontent. After unrest erupted in January 2011, the Egyptian Government ...See More backtracked on economic reforms, drastically increasing social spending to address public dissatisfaction, but political uncertainty at the same time caused economic growth to slow significantly, reducing the government's revenues. Tourism, manufacturing, and construction were among the hardest hit sectors of the Egyptian economy, and economic growth is likely to remain slow during the next several years. The government drew down foreign exchange reserves by more than 50% in 2011 and 2012 to support the Egyptian pound and the dearth of foreign financial assistance - as a result of unsuccessful negotiations with the International Monetary Fund over a multi-billion dollar loan agreement which have dragged on more than 20 months - could precipitate fiscal and balance of payments crises in 2013. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$548.8 billion (2012 est.); $536.9 billion (2011 est.); $527.6 billion (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

14% of GDP (2012 est.); 13.8% of GDP (2011 est.); 16.9% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

cotton, rice, corn, wheat, beans, fruits, vegetables; cattle, water buffalo, sheep, goats
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textiles, food processing, tourism, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, hydrocarbons, construction, cement, metals, light manufactures