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How To Stop Pollution

By Edited Dec 14, 2013 1 4

We hear a lot about climate change and global warming. The newspapers and TV are full of Information on Pollution and Global Warming. Many are worried over the effects of pollution on the climate of our planet. We also hear that we need to do all we can to stop Global Warming now, before it gets beyond control. But what we do not hear too often is some practical advice about precisely which steps we can take on How to stop pollution. However, it is possible to take real action that can help to put an end to the pollution of the environment. To begin with then we can do something about our own behavior; and next, whenever pollution is spotted, we can take action to end it. Anyone can report an incident of pollution to help get it contained.

The global climate is in a precarious position. It is every individual's responsibility to be on the lookout for pollution violations, whether these come from businesses or private households. The question is: What kinds of pollution do people need to be on the lookout for?

What Are The Most Common Causes of Household Pollution?
Emissions from day-to-day households contribute irreparable damage to the environment and to the planet's climate. There are several sources of household pollution:

Indoor Air Pollution: This is a kind of pollution that most people would not even consider. Most people would not think that they could be contributing to global warming by not using their stove properly. However, studies from WHO (World Health Organization) have shown that this is one of the biggest contributions of pollution from individuals and households. Indoor Air Pollution is caused by stoves that are not ventilated properly, causing toxic fumes to get into the air. Further studies have shown that these types of emissions lead not only to deaths and illnesses, but they also lead to an overall decrease in air quality. These emissions are a leading cause of air pollution.

Everyday Household Cleaning Products: Another common cause of household pollution is everyday cleaning products. Some of these can contain ingredients that are potentially disastrous for the environment. The fumes and toxic chemicals that these products release into the environment can have far-reaching consequences. When toxins are washed down the sink and enter the water stream, they become very hazardous to animals that depend on these water supplies. They can also kill plants and other flora that depends on these streams to survive. Not to mention the affect they have on the air we breathe and the quality of the eco-system.

It is not only cleaning products that can cause great harm to the global climate. People may also unwittingly be using other toxic products such as glue, pesticides, air fresheners, hair sprays and toxic paints. When people make bad choices about which products to buy and over-use these items, the results can be dire. What may seem like a little thing does add up where the environment is concerned. Millions of people using these items millions of times a day has contributed to the current problems on the global climate and the present state in which we find the environment.

What Are The Most Common Causes of Industrial Pollution?
Unfortunately, it is harder to control pollution resulting from bad industry practises. Even when individual households take all measures possible, industry pollution will still outweigh these efforts. Pollution from factories is the leading contributor to environmental pollution in the United States. Business and industries contribute to pollution in several ways:

Water Pollution: We have recently seen in the news the result of the BP oil link. This is just one instance of a large industry causing large-scale pollution. Unfortunately, it is a common thing. Factories may have bad practices of dumping their used water into oceans and lakes. The result is that all the toxins and waste that the factory has produced now ends up in our waterways. This has very bad consequences on the environment, and in particular the marine life.

Air Contamination: Factories use a lot of power, resulting in high CO2 emissions. But a large factory may produce many kinds of gasses, by-products and other emissions than CO2 which end up in the air. It is this large scale air pollution that we may commonly consider of when we think of pollution. However, the image of a huge factory chimney pumping toxins into the air is not just a cliché. This is the very thing which causes damages to the ozone layer, and that contaminates the air and reduces the air quality, and which leads the planet straight into the problems of global warming.

How Can Individuals Report Pollution?
Individuals have a duty to report incidents of pollution. Many countries and states have departments which deal specifically with these kinds of complaints. You can look up your local council or government agency to find a phone number to call. These lines are set up especially for people who want to report any pollution that they have seen, from either private households or industries.

It is important to report pollution as soon as possible. The longer pollution is allowed to continue for, the worse the consequences will be. It may be easy to think: Someone else will report it, or take care of it - but what if they don't? Any time pollution is spotted, it is your duty to report it to someone who has the authority to put a stop to it.

Some common things to look out for when reporting pollution are:
- An oil slick or appearance of an oil spill in a waterway
- Anyone who appears to be illegally dumping waste.
- Bad smoke and/or strong odours coming from a business or factory
- Extreme noise coming from factories or businesses

Every city and state has different phone numbers and hotlines to call. The departments will then require that you have thorough information about the nature of the pollution. You will need to know the location, what the exact cause of pollution is, and when you first spotted it. If you are not sure about whether to report an incident or not, then most often it is better to be over-cautious than under-cautious. If you see an incident of pollution, then always talk about it to others. That way the pollution can be kept under control and steps can be taken to reduce the scale of pollution and global warming.

You might be interested in reading some other articles about: Environment and Global Warming:
Is Global Warming the Truth, or does ClimateGate Expose a Global Scam?
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Nov 1, 2010 1:49pm
Excellent information on ways to reduce pollution!
Nov 5, 2010 8:11pm
Thank you for your comments - and for your interest on pollution issues
Sep 13, 2011 9:19am
Nice! Thanks for the info. :-)
Sep 13, 2011 9:20am
Nice! Thanks for the info. :-)
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