Wednesday, December 29, 2010

How do different forms of pollution affect human health?

Pollution has many different forms that are not only doing damage to our environment but also to our health. Through this article I will mention what diseases and other health issues can be caused by various forms of pollution.

The most common forms of environmental pollution are air pollution and water pollution. Air pollution can not only cause several respiratory diseases, it can also cause cardiovascular disease, throat inflammation, chest pain, and congestion. Children and elderly people are particularly vulnerable to air pollution.

Water pollution is source of many waterborne diseases, and it is responsible for about 15,000 deaths a day (most of these deaths occur in China and India).

Oil pollution coming from oil spill can cause skin irritations and rashes.

Noise pollution can lead to not only problems with hearing loss but also high blood pressure, stress, and sleep disturbance.

Pollution coming from toxic heavy metals can cause several neurological problems, lead to problems with heart and lungs.

Radioactive pollution coming from nuclear waste increases the risk of cancer, and is also known to cause birth defects.

Pollution is therefore not only serious environmental issue but also serious health issue that deserves much more attention from entire world, especially since so many people in the world still characterize pollution as "no big deal".

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