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What Is General Environmental Pollution?
There are many types of major environmental pollutions. Such examples include air pollution, water pollution and soil contamination. The effect pollutions have on human health is serious and sometimes deadly.
- Air pollution is the release of chemicals and particulates into the atmosphere. Common examples of pollutants include carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). When these pollutants build up in the atmosphere, they can kill or severely injure humans and other organisms. In areas where ozone pollution levels are high, there is an increased rate of respiratory and cardiovascular disease among residents. Repeated exposure to poor air quality can also lead to throat inflammation and chest pain.
- Water pollution occurs via surface runoff, leaching to groundwater, liquid spills, wastewater discharges, eutrophication, littering and soil contamination. This occurs when chemicals are released by spill or underground storage tank leakage. Failing to treat water that is contaminated by sewage can have deadly repercussions. It has been reported that as many as 14,000 people die a day in developing countries after they drink polluted water.
- Soil contaminants among the most significant are hydrocarbons, heavy metals, MTBE, herbicides, pesticides and chlorinated hydrocarbons. Soil can become infertile and unsuitable for plants. This will affect other organisms in the food web.