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posted on Sep, 5 2010 @ 06:50 AM

We all know that the Earth's ecosystems are closely interdependant.
and that pollution can affect the environment in a variety of ways .
(e.g the deepwater disaster , will affect air , water and soil quality ,
in an ever increasing impact zone for many years to come ) , until
nature can break down it's components into non-toxic elements.


With a long history of major global pollution incidents , the environment
is rapidly approaching toxic overload , and the results will be catastrophic
for homo-sapiens . As the developing economies expand , the point of no return
is getting closer every day .


Population explosion, industrial expansion, and burgeoning truck and automobile
use are producing wastes in such gigantic quantities that natural dispersing and
recycling processes can not keep pace. Exacerbating the problem is the
appearance of new substances that degraded with extreme slowness or not at all
: plastics, synthetic fibers, detergents, synthetic fertilizers, synthetic organic
pesticides such as DDT, synthetic industrial chemicals such as the
polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and the wastes from their manufacture.


Pollution of freshwater (drinking water) is a problem for about half of the world's
population. Each year there are about 250 million cases of water-related diseases,
with roughly 5 to 10 million deaths.
Diseases caused by the ingestion of water contaminated with pathogenic bacteria,
viruses, or parasites include:
•dysentery and other diarrheal diseases
Asian rivers are the most polluted in the world. They have three times as many bacteria from human waste as the global average and
20 times more lead than rivers in industrialized countries.
In 2004, water from half of the tested sections of China's seven major rivers was found to be undrinkable because of pollution.
Some researchers estimate that exposure to pollution causes 40 percent of deaths annually.



In one week, a typical cruise ship ( 230 worldwide ) generates:
•210,000 gallons of sewage;
•1,000,000 gallons of "gray water" from showers, sinks, dishwashers and clothes washers;
•37,000 gallons of oily bilge water;
•more than eight tons of solid waste; and
•toxic wastes from onboard operations like dry cleaners and photo processing laboratories.
I'm sure most of that goes straight overboard,
Over 80% of items in landfills can be recycled, but they’re not.
Every year one American produces over 3285 pounds of hazardous waste.
1.2 trillion gallons of untreated sewage, stormwater, and industrial waste are
discharged into US waters annually. The US EPA has warned that sewage
levels in rivers could be back to the super-polluted levels of the 1970s by the
year 2016. 40% of America's rivers are too polluted for fishing, swimming, or aquatic life.
Americans generate 30 billion foam cups, 220 million tires and 1.8 billion
disposable diapers every year.
Enough trash every day to fill 63,000 garbage trucks.
Over the next 10 years , that means conservatively ,
230 million trucks , full.
Land pollution causes us to lose 24 billion tons of top soil every year.
The industrial revolution has delivered many improvements in lifestyle
for the first world economies . It is now up to us to take the lead , in
reducing pollution , or our children's, children may not have a life !
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[edit on 5-9-2010 by radarloveguy]

[edit on 5-9-2010 by radarloveguy]

posted on Sep, 5 2010 @ 09:59 AM
I totally agree. I recycle all my plastic and glass. I know it takes energy to recycle it but it also keeps it out of our landfills.

People don't seem to realize how little fresh and potable water actually exists.

From what I understand out of all of the world's water, only about 3% is actually drinkable/potable water.

In my neighborhood, people have these in ground water sprinkler systems on timers and waste so much water that it actually ends up puddling in the street !

As I watch it streaming the street with the cars splashing through it, I think to myself that This our drinking water they are wasting !

Granted that they pay for that water like the rest of us, but they shouldn't waste a valuable resource like that.

I already have a barrel under the spout on my garage which I use to water my lawn using gravity.. Helps to keep my water bill down as well as saving our drinking water.

Maybe I'll just run a hose out to the street and start watering my lawn with their excess since they can afford to waste so much !!!

Good Post OP.

We all can make a difference.

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