The earth is facing an environmental crisis on a scale unprecedented in human history. This crisis is due to high levels of human pain and, if it continues, the human life on the planet disappears. People often say that the reason that the world is in its current state is because there are too many people or because of modern technology. Global pollution growth has led to increasing pressure on worldwide natural resources including air, water, land, and raw materials; and modern societies have generated an increasing demand for the use of industrial chemicals. The use of chemicals has resulted in great benefits in raising the level of living, giving conveniences to human life and upgrading the environment.
As the climate changes around the world, it is time for us—humans, industries and government to enhance and enforce the regulations. Consumers have the power to demand better industrial waste management methods from companies. Waste management strategies need to be strictly enforced and followed by industries worldwide. Developing clean habits and techniques to improve pollution need to be a global effort.
Environmental health, climate change, acid rain, and air pollution are among the top problems with fossil fuel production and consumption. (http://environment.about.com/library/weekly/aa050700.htm) Fossil fuel use creates severe impact on the environment in all stages of use: recovery, transportation, preparation/refining, storage, and end use. Recovery, the first stage is basically the process of coal mining. This includes the destruction of topsoil, and the risk of gushers or accidents. Also, recovery leads to discolored local creeks and rivers because of the acidic run-off of these waters (Lecture 3/11/02).
This added UVB has been linked with increased cases of cataracts and melanoma development (epa.gov). Government regulations on pollution are costly to the tax payers and to the companies that must abide by these regulations. To reduce the expense of pollution reduction, Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein suggest a different governmental approach to improve upon the standard already in place. In Chapter 12 on saving the planet, Thaler and Sunstein use the ideas of choice architecture and gentle nudges to expand the effort of protecting the environment by creating better incentives and feedback. To control pollution levels, government regulators use a command and control regulation that does not allow flexibility for individuals or companies.
The World Health Organization (WHO) (2014) defines air pollution as the presence of a chemical, physical or biological contaminant in both indoor and outdoor environment which changes the natural state of the atmosphere. Air pollution can cause fatal health issues for human and animals such as cancer, upper respiratory tract effects, reproductive effects, environmental and ecological hazards (Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 2013). Air pollution is majorly produced from human activities such as use of mobile vehicles, factories, refineries, power plants, etc. (EPA, 2013). EPA (2013) has a record of 187 hazardous air pollutants which include contaminants such as benzene in gasoline, perchlorethlyene released from some dry cleaning companies and methylene chloride used for production of solvent and paint stripers.
Air Pollution One of the most dangerous environment issues Southern California is facing today is air pollution. This includes the burning of fossil fuels and natural disasters. Los Angeles is one of the most polluted cities in the world, and the most polluted city in the United States. I will research information about the causes, the effects, and the history of air pollution in the Los Angeles. For my research, I have relied mostly on, the school’s database and library, as well as current events.
Fertilizers As Pollutants. Home Guides. Retrieved May 22, 2014, from http://homeguides.sfgate.com/fertilizers-pollutants-78452.html Muir, P. (2012, October 29). 1. EUTROPHICATION.