A Problem of Pollution: Air and Soil Pollution

A Problem of Pollution: Air and Soil Pollution

Vanessa Sandoval, Reporter

Pollution is an ongoing problem everywhere, and our modern society is experiencing multiple drawbacks from its many effects. It’s not only mankind being affected but wildlife and animals are experiencing problems as well. In this column series, we will explore and expose the problems caused by pollution, including how it impacts all life.

Health problems are now beginning to rise in both humans and animals due to the contamination of toxins in different places.

There are many types of pollution that are harmful to the population. For example, soil pollution, which is when there is a high concentration of metals or lead in the soil. This can pose risks to people such as neurological issues. This type of pollution can be more dangerous to children because their brains are still developing. That is only one of the many problems that pollution can cause. The main reason for soil pollution is the presence from man-made products such as iron, ore, or coal that gets distributed into the wrong places. Soil contamination is mainly caused by industrial and agricultural activities around an area.

Air pollution is the presence of toxic substances in the atmosphere that are not good for our health. This type of pollution can be caused by car and truck exhaust, factories, dust, pollen, mold spores, volcanoes, and wildfires. Organisms rely heavily on oxygen to survive, and the growing issue of bacteria in the air is causing damage to their respiratory system. The health effects can range from personal discomfort to more crucial symptoms, such as having eye irritation and allergies, to having lung problems. People may already have challenges with their breathing but now with the increase of companies creating more pollution these individuals can be heavily affected by the intensification of their conditions. As these oxidants are being released into the atmosphere in higher concentrations there is a higher percentage rate in which more people are going to be affected. A study presented by the University of Chicago, called the “Air Quality Life Index” states that they “found that tiny particle ingested from polluted air decrease life expectancy more than smoking, war, and HIV.”

Animals are affected not only by harming natural resources, but also by chemicals released by factories. Wildlife are now experiencing harsh problems due to these issues, such as damage to their food supply, lungs, and habitats, etc. It has been said by experts that there are around 100,000 animals that are killed each year in the U.S. due to pollution. As our economy grows so does the possibility for even more pollution and contamination.

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