There are actually SEVEN different kinds of environmental pollution. Most people can name air, water and land...do you know the other four? Or examples of what constitutes actual pollution in each category?
Listed below are each kind and examples to help you understand just how we can affect the environment and each other.
According to the dictionary, air pollution is the contamination of air by smoke and harmful gases, mainly oxides of carbon, sulfur, and nitrogen.
Some examples of air pollution include:
Air pollution is linked to asthma, allergies and other respiratory illnesses. You can more about how the environment affects human health here.
Land pollution is the degradation of the Earth's surface caused by a misuse of resources and improper disposal of waste.
Some examples of land pollution include:
Land pollution is responsible for damage done to natural habitat of animals, deforestation and damage done to natural resources, and the general ugly-ing up of our communities.
Light pollution is the brightening of the night sky inhibiting the visibility of stars and planets by the use of improper lighting of communities.
Some examples of what causes light pollution:
Light pollution uses more energy (by shining more light up instead of down), may affect human health and our sleep cycles and most importantly, corrupts our kids telescopes and their curiosity.
Noise pollution is any loud sounds that are either harmful or annoying to humans and animals.
Some exmaples of noise pollution:
Noise pollution is disruptive to humans' stress levels, may be harmful to unborn babies, and drives animals away, causing nervousness and decreasing their ability to hear prey or predators.
Thermal pollution is the increase of temperature caused by human activity.
These kinds of environmental pollution can cause aquatic life to suffer or die due to the increased temperature, can cause discomfort to communities dealing with higher temperatures and can even affect plant-life in and around the area.
Visual pollution is what you would call anything unattractive or visualiing damaging to the nearby landscape. This tends to be a highly subjective topic, as we all find different things attractive and unattractive.
Some examples of visual pollution:
Mostly visual kinds of environmental pollution are annoying, although some may say they are also depressing (such as when they can't see a view through a billboard).
When a man throws an empty cigarette package from an automobile, he is liable to a fine of $50. When a man throws a billboard across a view, he is richly rewarded. - Pat Brown
Photo Source: Alan Liefting
Water pollution is the contamination of any body of water (lakes, groundwater, oceans, etc).
Some examples of water pollution:
These kinds of environmental pollution are linked to health issues in humans, animals and plant-life. You can read more about how the environment is affecting our health here.
Knowing the kinds of environmental pollution can be interesting. But knowing how to put a stop to it is even better.
When you're ready for a few more steps:
Whatever step you take, remember to have fun!
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