Friday, April 13, 2012
How does pollution affect our world?
The rapid industrial development often means excessive pollution and destruction of valuable nature resources. It’s not that we don’t need industry but we need cleaner industry that is more environmentally friendly.
Fighting pollution is anything but easy mostly because pollution comes from various sources and has many different forms such as water, air and noise pollution. Successful fight against pollution means not just finding the sources of pollution but also ensuring their frequent monitoring in order to prevent them from polluting our environment.
Air pollution and water pollution are the two most talked about forms of pollution because they cause the biggest damage to our environment and our planet in general.
These two forms of pollution do not only hurt our environment but are also doing tremendous damage to our health. World Health Organization reports that close to 2.5 million people die each year from causes directly attributable to air pollution, while on the other hand water pollution takes 15,000 lives each day, mostly in developing countries.
Air pollution leads to different respiratory diseases and heart problems while water pollution remains the main source of diarrhea, a disease that is responsible for 1.5 million deaths of children each year.
Our vehicles and industry are the main sources of excessive air pollution in many parts of the world while the two main sources of water pollution are waste water and sewage waste.
Air pollution also contributes to global warming and climate change while water pollution leads to decline of freshwater resources and could lead to future water shortages.
Protecting our world from pollution means protecting the wellbeing of not only ourselves but also of our future generations. To protect the environment from the negative effects of pollution, many countries worldwide have enacted legislation that regulate various types of pollution but despite of these admirable efforts pollution still continues to grow in many parts of the world, especially in developing countries.
Each and every one of us needs to get involved and practice efforts that lead to pollution prevention and reduction. We simply have no other choice because Earth is still our only home.