The Consequences Of A Polluted World

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Pollution is a major problem affecting the world we live in. The primary types of pollution include air pollution, noise pollution, water pollution and soil pollution. Pollution grows with the development of factories and various industries and causes damage and harm to the environment, people and animals. Here are some of the significant consequences of the spread of pollution.
Pollution Increases Health ProblemsOne consequence of pollution that affects humans directly and significantly is that it often becomes the cause of many sicknesses and diseases. For example, pollution can increase the acidity of water to dangerous levels and this can result in health problems such as skin infections and eye irritation. When water is acidic, it increases its corrosive ability, meaning that it can corrode heavy metals from plumbing systems and thus cause the water to be tainted with these metals. Such water is toxic, and the consumption of the same can cause severe health problems. People have now taken to testing and controlling the acidity levels in the water they drink, through methods such as using an portable alkaline water filter. Other diseases and maladies that can be caused by pollution include asthma, tuberculosis and cancer.
Impact of Pollution on the EarthPollution, in particular air pollution, has been proven to cause damage to the ozone layer, which is the layer in the atmosphere of the Earth that helps protect it from hazardous radiation from the Sun. The particular substances (which are released during pollution,) that cause harm to the ozone layer include Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), Halons and Hydrofluorocarbons (HCFCs). Due to the depletion of the ozone layer, there are several detrimental impacts such as the increase in the risk of skin cancer and cataracts.
Furthermore, pollution has been stated as the primary cause of global warming, a phenomenon in which greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, methane and sulphur dioxide create a blanket in the atmosphere that prevents heat from escaping and thus causes the temperature of the Earth to rise. This rise in temperature has been observed to cause sickness, the melting of the polar ice caps and even unexpected weather changes.
Pollution Makes the Environment UnattractiveNot only does pollution spread disease and harm the earth but it also diminishes the beauty of the environment. For example, it turns clear lakes brown and dirty and makes the air black with smoke.
Impact of Pollution on Wildlife Pollution is a significant cause of death and injury to many forms of animal and wildlife. For example, the pollution of lakes and rivers can cause the fish and other creatures living in them to die.