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Pollution Awareness

Pollution awareness is so important.  Every year factories release over 3 million tons of toxic chemicals into the land, air, and water.  This hazardous waste causes us to lose over 15 million acres of land every year, it leads to respiratory complications and other health problems and it makes our rivers and lakes too polluted for us to swim in and drink.

 

But factories are only part of the problem of pollution.  Pollution is caused by industrial and commercial waste, agriculture practices, everyday human activities and most notably, modes of transportation.  No matter where you go and what you do, there are remnants of pollution.

What is pollution?

Pollution is the introduction of a contaminant into the environment.  It is created mostly by human actions, but can also be a result of natural disasters.  Pollution has a detrimental effect on any living organism in an environment, making it virtually impossible to sustain life.

What are the different types of pollution?

Pollution harms the Earth’s environment and its inhabitants in many ways. The three main types of pollution are

Land Pollution

Land pollution is pollution of the Earth’s natural land surface by industrial, commercial, domestic and agricultural activities.  Some of the main contributors to land pollution are:

  • Chemical and nuclear plants
  • Industrial factories
  • Oil refineries
  • Human sewage
  • Oil and antifreeze leaking from cars
  • Mining
  • Littering
  • Overcrowded landfills
  • Deforestation and construction debris

Air Pollution

Air pollution is the accumulation of hazardous substances into the atmosphere that danger human life and other living matter.  Some of the main contributors to air pollution are:

  • Automobile emissions
  • Tobacco smoke
  • Combustion of coal
  • Acid rain
  • Noise pollution from cars and construction
  • Power plants
  • Manufacturing buildings
  • Large ships
  • Paint fumes
  • Aerosol sprays
  • Wildfires
  • Nuclear weapons

Water Pollution

Water pollution is the introduction of chemical, biological and physical matter into large bodies of water that degrade the quality of life that lives in it and consumes it.  Some of the main contributors to water pollution are:

  • Factories
  • Refineries
  • Waste treatment facilities
  • Mining
  • Pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers
  • Human sewage
  • Oil Spills
  • Failing septic systems
  • Soap from washing your car
  • Oil and antifreeze leaking from cars
  • Household chemicals
  • Animal waste

Noice Pollution

Prevention of noise pollution is often a forgotten type of pollution and efforts have also decreased in eradicating such a type.  This is not because it is not as important, but it is something that many simply do not think about.

Noise pollution may not cause as many major health issues as other forms of pollution and its effects are not always visible, but it does have some serious effects.  Prevention of noise pollution helps to ensure that peace and quiet are possible for everyone and the benefits of that are priceless for people suffering from noise pollution.

Noise is an aggravation, but more than that it can lead many problems for a person exposed to it.  People who are exposed to noise pollution may experience aggression, panic attacks, high blood pressure, hearing loss and high-stress levels.  Noise is a trigger to these problems and when the noise is loud and constant it can take a toll on a person.

Noise pollution may not be as far reached as other types of pollution but that does not make it any less important.  People still suffer from noise pollution and it must be addressed and controlled or prevented.

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