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Pollution and Its Effects Pollution

By gunitinc Oct 06, 2006 1033 Words
Pollution is the introduction of harmful substances or products into the environment. It is a major problem in America and as well as the world. Pollution not only damages the environment, but damages us also. It has cause many problems ranging from lung cancer to the greenhouse effect. It is among us all, but we continue to live our lives in our own filth. What is the reason behind this flawed logic? In this paper I will examine the problems and solutions for this issue.

Automobiles are undeniable the greatest source of pollution. Cars and factories can release gases that pollute the air. Some of these dangerous gases are released when burning fossils fuels. Agriculture and factories can release chemicals that pollute river, lakes, and the sea. The animals that live in these places even the plants are destroyed by our carelessness. The noise pollution created by cars is immense. Another polluting effect of cars is the heat it creates. This heat makes it unpleasant to be near the car while it's running. And of course the most famous of the automobiles evils is the exhaust. The toxic fumes given off as a byproduct of the combustion engine are slowly deteriorating our lungs and our atmosphere. The exhaust is extremely toxic to human beings. But why do we continue to drive these walking time bombs. Some people will say it is progress, but the majority drives it for the convenience. Why walk four miles in four hours when you can drive the same miles in four minutes?

Another popular source of waste is the post-consumer market. When you take your garbage to a landfill, do you really think that you are getting rid of the problem? American citizens throw away millions of tons of garbage each year, and this trash has to go somewhere. While there are projects underway to clean and reuse, most of it gets dumped into huge landfills. Then all of the pollutants seep out and get into the water we drink , our oceans, our lakes, into our crops and kills all the plants, animals, and all living creatures. So really, do you still think that you have the problem off of your hands? These landfills are disgusting festering blisters on our country's landscape. But people continue to consume and throw away more and more in the name of convenience. As they see it, when things get old, throw it away and get a new one. They blame the government for the trash problem, but the truth blame should be placed on them.

The last great source of pollution lays in the businesses. Although not common, businesses have been known to dump their waste products into streams, lakes, and rivers. This may seem like a relatively small occurrence that really is not your concern, but you're wrong. Each time one of these companies pollutes there are horrible consequences to pay. Mutations, destroyed ecosystems, and human death have all occurred as a direct result of illegal dumping. It contaminates our drinking water and soil. It causes entire communities of humans (not to mention animals) to move on to new places not to return for at least a century. The pollutants dumped by industry are so concentrated that a single barrel can destroy an entire lake's ecosystem. Not only do companies dump chemicals, but also hot water. This hot water kills most life it comes into contact with, but also causes an overgrowth of algae that covers the surface of the lake, or pond, and blocks the light from reaching the bottom. This means the plant life cannot grow, which mean the small bacteria and other microorganisms can't grow which means fish can't feed which means the ecosystem dies.

Pollution like any other problem can be solved, but this is a long process. Individuals can do their part to save the environment as well as themselves. Instead of driving, carpool; take the bus or any other method of mass transit. This will cut down on pollution made by cars each year, not to mention your gas bill. When it comes to the trash problem, take the time to sort your trash and place it in the appropriate recycling bins. By recycling we reduce the amount of waste piled onto the landfills. As for consumption, pay attention to how the products you buy are manufactured and how they are packaged. Avoid those products made in 'unfriendly' ways towards our mother earth. If a product encourages the destruction of land, or is of completely no use don't buy it. And finally voice your opinion in the polls. If each individual did their part, we will be creating a better world for ourselves as well as our children.

Pollution is everywhere, it's in our water, in our air that we breathe every day, it's even on our land. What makes pollution? That is the question that everybody asks. Well the truthful answer is US. Yes, this is right we release harmful or even sometimes poisonous substances that can cause harm to humans, other animals and plants.

One type of pollution is something that we never expected, noise. How you ask? Does it interfere with the way that people live their lives, yes! Then it's pollution. Now you are aware of the pollution, but are you aware of what it does to our earth? I'm pretty sure that all of you are familiar with the words: (O-ZONE LAYER). The o-zone layer protects us from the suns harmful U-V rays. These rays are responsible for making your skin burn and can cause skin cancer. Some of these rays can get through without the ozone layer, but without the ozone layer blocking most of the U-V rays and light, then life would not be able to live on this planet. The main problem is that over the years we have been using certain chemicals that can destroy this protective layer. Chlorofluorocarbons, also known to many people as CFC'S are found in refrigerators, some aerosols and polystyrene foam. These chemicals were a main cause of the depletion of the ozone layer.

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