Human Population Sustainability and Environmental Disasters

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The human population has exploded in the last 500 years. Technologies and infrastructure that have taken the world out of the Stone Age have progressed to the point where the average life span has increased by over fifty years. This explosion of growth has contributed heavily on the environment in which all humans live in. Because of the increasing amount of population and a need for continuing growth in infrastructure there will be a higher rise in environmental disasters. When these disasters affect an entire population center sometimes they cannot be contained which leads to areas such as superfund sites and brownfields. These environmental disasters are often preventable if the proper safeguards were put into place from the beginning. Sustaining the human population requires three basic items. Access to clean water, food, and shelter sustain current life while creating new. However, when environmental disasters occur all three can be taken out of the equation. The most iconic environmental disaster in United States history is the Love Canal in Niagara Falls, New York. The love canal is considered a superfund site, which is an area that has been contaminated with toxic and hazardous materials and poses a danger to any population in its vicinity. The Love Canal is an area which was covered by chemical waste by the Hooker Chemical company. The land that the toxic waste was dumped on was then sold to the Niagara Falls School Board in order to handle Niagara Falls booming population growth. This was then used as development project to create homes. The Love Canal was used to dump over 20,000 tons of chemicals. The seepage from this waste began to make its way into basements of the homes that were built atop of the dumpsite. This se... ... middle of paper ... ...line Library. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1994. Web. 27 Apr. 2014. . Sullivan, Patricia A. "Abstract." National Center for Biotechnology Information. U.S. National Library of Medicine, 03 Jan. 2007. Web. 27 Apr. 2014. . Sullivan, Patricia. "Zinc and Lead Poisoning in Wild Birds in the Tri-State Mining District (Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri)." Zinc and Lead Poisoning in Wild Birds in the Tri-State Mining District (Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri) - Springer. National Library of Medicine, 01 Dec. 2004. Web. 27 Apr. 2014. . Worster, Donald. Dust Bowl: The Southern Plains in the 1930s. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2004. Print.
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