Is there any way to clean up the environment once it's gone bad? I have the anti-litter and factory controls on. I shut down my mine and put trees, bushes and everything else in the area and it's still red and they're complaining. Is there anything else I can do?
I need to know how to clean up the pollution once the area has become polluted; has anyone found a way to do this yet?
I've looked at every option available and, after you issue the edicts you've already referred to, I can't find any way to clean up the environment once the environmentalist-types start whining about it. ... I think the game puts way too much emphasis on this. I mean, how much pollution can a cigar factory produce? Is Tropico full of Californian wackos or something?
What a waste then. I guess I'll just have to pollute away. ... What a joke!
Some minor things that help 'unpollute' are lots of trees and shrubbery. Also, remember to drop down some large fountains. They turn a surrounding area (small, but its still something) from red to yellow. Scatter them around your red zones and it'll greatly improve the enviro rating.
Mjara & Chris:
Try to minimize the size of the Environmental faction and then ignore the small group.
Okay, finally one hint that goes some where - doesn't the area clean itself up after a period of time. That's crazy that it stays polluted even after you've shut down your industry. [I'm] not a favorite of this feature.
Whether you favor it or not, that's the way real world pollution worked (works) - especially during the mid-20th century. It doesn't clean itself up. It may become not so visible - especially with masking like vegetation (trees & bushes).
In the game, pollution is a persistent, radiated feature of some buildings and units (people) ; it affects the soil quality (not wetness) with a gradual buildup. It can be masked with vegetation that radiates beauty and some buildings which also radiate non-persistent beauty (e.g. large fountain). The best method is to pass the edicts as soon as possible, and to pay attention to options or upgrades on some buildings.
Minimizing the "+" supporters of the Environmental Faction really doesn't solve much of the "whining" problem. All tropican citizens have a happiness factor (#7} which reacts to the pollution nearby in their daily life. Tourists react to it as part of their "Tourism Rating" meter. Increasing "Respect" (#10) does not really counterbalance a low happiness on Environment (#7).
So you have to recognize that it is one of those things that bedevil the life of El Presidente, and plan ahead to minimize the problems.