The prosperous economic life of Czech

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Czech Environmental Turmoil and its causes

The Czech Republic experiences an environmental turmoil in which they have suffered an air, water, and land pollution caused by industry, mining, and agriculture. The Czech Republic has had its air contaminated by sulphur dioxide emissions resulting largely from the use of lignite as an energy source in the former Czechoslovakia, which had the highest level of sulphur dioxide emissions in Europe, and instituted a program to reduce pollution. Land erosion caused by agricultural and mining practices is also a significant problem.     However, both urban and rural dwellers have access to safe drinking water. Airborne emissions in the form of acid rain, combined with air pollution from Poland and the former GDR, have destroyed much of the forest in the northern part of the former Czechoslovakia. As of 2001, the endangered list included seven mammal species, six bird species, six types of freshwater fish, and seven plant species. Endangered species include the Atlantic sturgeon, slender-billed curlew, and Spengler's freshwater mussel.

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