The Global Epidemic
Pollution affects the world we live in more than we think. We see it every day on the sides of roads and highways, in ponds and rivers, and in the air we breath. We see it pollution everywhere, so why do we know so little about its effects on the world around us?
Industrial pollution is one of the main sources of air pollution. Since 1990, air pollution levels have risen more than 14 percent. Air pollution is a big part of many problems in the world. Factories release greenhouse gases like methane, carbon dioxide, and nitrous oxide. These gases are what cause the heat from the sun to be trapped inside our atmosphere.
Air pollution can also cause health issues. When large amounts of greenhouse gases are breathed, they can cause things such as asthma, bronchitis, liver and kidney damage, and even cancer. Air pollution is associated with over a million deaths, yet we breath it every day.
Water pollution has become a huge issue. It has been said that it is the number one cause of deaths and disease. Over 14,000 people die every day because of water pollution. In developing countries, diseases can easily be contracted from untreated sewage and improper waste disposal. Common diseases contracted from water pollution include Cholera, Dysentery, Hepatitis A, and Polio, most of which are avoidable with clean drinking water.
What can we can do to help
The truth is, everyone contributes to polluting our planet. This means, we can all contribute to lessening it. Every year, the average person in the United States causes 27 tons of CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) emission which causes climate change and 102 pounds of NOx (Nitrogen Oxide) which causes ozone pollution.
There are so many ways to reduce air pollution. Taking a car instead of using public transportation of car pooling generates several times more ozone pollution and about 30 times more CO2 emissions.
Although global warming is a naturally occurring process, we shouldn't add to it by contributing our waste. We should treat the planet that we live on well and take care of it. It's the only one we have.