Environmental Pollution (Part 1)

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We know that a living organism cannot live by itself. Organisms interact among themselves. Hence, all organisms, such as plants, animals and human beings,  as well as the physical surroundings with whom we interact, form a part of our environment.

All these constituents of the environment are dependent upon each other. Thus, they maintain a balance in nature. The environmental imbalance gives rise to various environmental problems.

 

7 Kinds of Environmental Pollution

Listed below are each kind and examples to help you understand how we affect the environment and each other.

 

Air Pollution

Air pollution is the contamination of air by smoke and harmful gases, mainly oxides of carbon, sulphur, and nitrogen. Examples of  air pollution:

  • Exhaust fumes from vehicles.
  • The burning of fossil fuels ,such as coal, oil, gas.
  • Harmful off-gassing from things such as paint, plastic production and so on.
  • Radiation spills or nuclear accidents.

Effects

Air pollution is linked to asthma, allergies and other respiratory illnesses.

 

Land Pollution

Land pollution is the degradation of the Earth’s surface caused by misuse of resources and improper disposal of waste. Examples of land pollution are:

  • Illegal dumping in natural  habitats.
  • Oil spills that happen inland.
  • The use of pesticides and other farming chemicals.
  • Damage and debris caused from unsustainable mining and logging practices.
  • Radiation spills or nuclear accidents.

Effects

Land pollution is responsible for damage done due to the natural habitat of animals, deforestation, and damage done to natural resources and the general  surroundings of our communities.

 

Light Pollution

Light pollution is the brightening of the night sky inhibiting the visibility of stars and planets by the use of improper lighting of communities. Examples of light pollution are:

  • Street lamps that shine light in all directions, instead  of with a hood  to point light downward towards the street.
  • Extra, unnecessary lights around the home.
  • Cities that run lights all night long.

Effects

Light pollution uses more energy (shining more light up instead of down, meaning you need brighter  bulbs for the same amount of light), may affect human health and sleep cycles and most importantly corrupts our children telescope and their curiosity.

Environmental Pollution

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