Sunday, October 16, 2011
Air and Water Pollution Facts - Part 2
1. Some studies have confirmed that long-term exposure to air pollution can cause lower IQ in children.
2. The number of cars on our roads is expected to significantly grow in years to come; meaning higher levels of air pollution.
3. Smog is one of the worst forms of air pollution and is mostly created by fossil fuel power plants.
4. India is among countries worst affected with water pollution. This is because 80% of India's urban waste ends up in rivers such as Ganges.
5. China is world's biggest emitter of carbon dioxide, followed by United States.
6. Water pollution could soon lead to serious water shortage in many parts of the world. Only 3% of the water on the Earth is freshwater.
7. The quality water-filtering system is good way to protect yourself from water pollution as much as possible, especially multi-layered home water filtering system.
8. There are many industries that not obey the rules about dumping waste, which is why we have so many polluted rivers and other water bodies.
9. It is estimated that there are between 2.5-3 billion people in the world living without the adequate sanitation systems.
10. Waste water and sewage waste are the main source of different water pollutants which enter our rivers and other water bodies.
11. One of the most dangerous forms of water pollution is drinking water polluted with arsenic because arsenic is highly poisonous metalloid. Drinking water polluted with arsenic can lead to cancer and many other diseases.
12. Noise pollution is one of the most neglected forms of pollution despite causing huge environmental damage, especially in oceans.
13. Huge oil spills like the recent Gulf of Mexico oil spill are among the worst types of pollution on our planet, particularly because their negative effects last for very long time, even after cleanup efforts have ceased.
14. Ozone pollution has the potential to become significant contributor to climate change because ozone is very potent greenhouse gas.
15. Ocean acidification is one of the worst types of ocean pollution. Our oceans are becoming more and more acidic because greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels burning are constantly rising.