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Not Fun Facts About Pollution

By: , Posted on: June 5, 2014

pollution imagePollution occurs when contaminants are introduced into the environment and natural world. These toxins can have devastating consequences on the ecosystem and to our health. The impacts and concerns of pollution are becoming increasingly apparent and with more and more research being conducted, it is hard to ignore the facts and figures about pollution.

10 Facts on Pollution and Impact on Our World:

  1. Around 40% of the lakes in America are too polluted for aquatic life, swimming or fishing.
  2. Although children make up 10% of the world’s population, over 40% of the global burden of disease falls on them. Environmental factors contribute to more than 3 million children under age five dying every year.
  3. Pollution kills over 1 million seabirds and 100 million mammals annually.
  4. Recycling and composting alone have avoided 85 million tons of waste to be dumped in 2010.
  5. Currently in the world there are over 500 million cars, by 2030 the number will rise to 1 billion, therefore doubling pollution levels.
  6. High traffic roads possess more concentrated levels of air pollution therefore people living close to these areas have an increased risk of heart disease, cancer, asthma and bronchitis
  7. Inhaling Air pollution takes away at least 1-2 years of a typical human life.
  8. 25% deaths in India and 65% of the deaths in Asia are resultant of air pollution.
  9. Over 80 billion aluminium cans are used every year around the world. If you throw away aluminium cans, they can stay in that can form for up to 500 years or more.
  10. People aren’t recycling as much as they should, as a result the rainforests are be cut down by approximately 100 acres per minute

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The fifth edition maintains a strong interdisciplinary approach to the study of air pollution, covering such topics as chemistry, physics, meteorology, engineering, toxicology, policy, and regulation. New material includes near-road air pollution, new risk assessment approaches, indoor air quality, the impact of biofuels and fuel additives, mercury emissions, forecasting techniques, and the most recent results from the National Air Toxics Assessment.


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