Pollution.  Pollution is one of those hot button issues that is debated at all levels of society.  Everyone has an opinion on how to handle pollution, and what effects pollution has on the world around us, and those issues are debated back and forth between individuals, groups, nations, and organizations. It is something that everyone has an opinion on, but what exactly is pollution, and what are its effects on both the world and the human race?  According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary pollution is defined as “the action or process of making land, water, air, etc., dirty and not safe or suitable to use”[i] Pollution can be subdivided into the following categories:

  • Air Pollution
  • Light Pollution
  • Littering
  • Noise Pollution
  • Soil Contamination
  • Radioactive Contamination
  • Thermal Pollution
  • Visual Pollution
  • Water Pollution

Each of the main types of pollution has their own sources of pollutants, effects on human health, wildlife and the environment.  However, the most important thing to remember about pollution is that it negatively impacts the world in which we live, and makes somethings as essential to human survival as air or water unusable or even deadly.

Our future heavily depends on the world around us. Without clean air and water the human race will not be able to survive. In order to prevent this from happening, we must start acting and we must do it soon.

In order to change something you must first understand it, and that is what we are seeking to do:  understand pollution.  Over the next few months, we will be seeking to educate ourselves on the dangers, causes, and effects of pollution in our world and in our lives.  If you are interested in your health, the environment, follow our blog at http://www.understandingpollution.com, and we will embark on a journey of discovery together.

[i] “Pollution.” Merriam-Webster. Merriam-Webster, 1 Jan. 2014. Web. 29 Oct. 2014. <http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pollution&gt;.

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