Can We Save Planet Earth?
Carol Rogers Jones
As we all know there is a great effort being made worldwide to counter act the alleged impact of the human footprint on the world's climate, the earth’s land, oceans, and atmosphere, as well as the health of the inhabitants destroying it! I have a few important questions for my readers to contemplate. Is it possible to keep the air and ocean unpolluted with populations of 10 million or more in the world’s megacities? Will our beaches become an example of the Tragedy of the Commons:” A concept that states that any resource open to everyone will eventually be destroyed? If in fact, the human beings toxic lifestyles have caused the seas to rise appreciably by causing CO2 induced global warming, and created holes in the earths’ ozone layer, then certainly, let's do something about it! But, “what if global warming is not what they say it is? What if the world's temperature is headed in the opposite direction?”Pohanka (n.d.). Compelling scientific studies suggest that, "deadly adverse effects" of toxic pollution are detrimental to the earth and its inhabitants, and it must be addressed. With these questions in mind let’s investigate the facts. I agree with Pohanka, in his article, “Is there really global warming?” That now, many scientists are becoming skeptical of the theory of man made global warming! It appears that global warming is looking more and more like the Y2K scare of the late 1990’s.”
The largest sources of air pollution are transportation engines, industry and power generation, and solid waste. An interesting thing to remember is air pollution does not stand still, the wind and weather play an important role and can transport these small particles locally, regionally, and even between continents. There is a lot of scientific evidence that these small articles of pollution are linked to shortened life spans, heart attacks, chronic asthma, missed work, and other health impacts; as allergic reactions like sneezing, watery eyes and wheezing. As retrieved from (UCAR) University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, ”Effect Of Tragedy of The Commons,” In Belgium 63 people died in 1930, 20 people died in Pennsylvania in 1948, and more than 4,000 died in London in 1952 as a result of severe air pollution. Breathing even small amount of pollution over a long period of time can be deadly, like children being around second hand smoke from cigarettes. Speaking of children, they are more at risk than adults because they are outside playing, and pound for pound inhale more pollution than adults. Furthermore,” Noise pollution is a modern day plague, which is defined as unwanted environmental noise.” Gaines, L., & Hagler, L. (2007), Noise pollution is dangerous to those living by airports and trains and those that hold jobs that are very loud. They are at great risk of permanent hearing loss, not to mention the people who rock out to extremely loud music; this is probably the most detrimental of all the other forms of noise pollution.
Land pollution is the destruction of the planets’ earth surfaces caused by the populations’ toxic trends, and misuse of earths’ assets. The inappropriate disposal of urban and industrial wastes, exploitation of the planets’ mineral reserves, and non-rotation of crops, and insufficient soil and agricultural practices, are some of the problems leading to land pollution. Also, increased urbanization and industrialization has imposed great strain on the earths’ environment. The industrial revolution has created a series of events that have destroyed many natural habitats and created disease in both humans and animals. How is it possible for the planets’ land, oceans, and atmosphere stay vibrant and clean with populations of 10 million plus of the worlds’ megacities? These megacities affect every aspect of the planets’ assets.
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