What Is Pollution? What Are The Effects Of Pollutants On The Environment?


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Shumaela Rana Profile
Shumaela Rana answered
Combination of the environment with waste products and other impurities is simply called pollution. And the substances whose presence in air, water, or soil is harmful to human beings, plants, animals and soil are termed as pollutants. Pollution may be classified as air pollution, water pollution, soil pollution, sea pollution, radiation and noise pollution.

The environment is being severely damaged by the pollution and is becoming hostile or unfit for the survival of many forms of life including man kind. Following are some of the effects of pollution on environment.

a. Sulfur dioxide damages the leaves of plants. It corrodes metallic and stone structure.
b. Higher concentrations of carbon dioxide are harmful to animals.
c. Carbon monoxide combines with the hemoglobin to reduce oxygen in blood.
d. Oxides of nitrogen corrode metals and stones produce the photo-chemical smog that inhibits the plant growth.
e. Higher concentrations of ozone reduce air visibility and also cause health problems for example eyes irritation and headache etc.
f. Untreated sewage is source of germs causing cholera and typhoid.
g. Densely populated bacteria in water due to pollution consume the oxygen of water. This oxygen consumption affects the water animals and even death of fish.
zack inman Profile
zack inman answered
Its very bad for the environment because we are hurting the planet by adding all this trash in the ocean which makes it dirty and hurts the animals that live in the ocean it damages the plants and when the air is polluted it hurts us human beings even when breathing and even the people that have asthma it so much worse for those people and I'm one of them so help the planet not beat it up
Kelly H. Profile
Kelly H. answered
The three effects of pollution are:

1) Pollutants in the water will alter the overall chemistry of the water, causing changes in acidity, temperature and conductivity.  These factors all have an affect on the marine life.

2) Marine food sources are contaminated or eliminated by water pollution.

3) Altered water temperatures (due to human actions) can kill the marine life and affect the delicate ecological balance in bodies of water, especially lakes and rivers.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
1.  Impact on our biological systems; biological systems adapt to carcinogenic substance and alter the DNA of living organisms
2. Environmental:  Environment changes force us to adapt.  We see shorelines changes and environmental changes otherwise. Ocean/sea levels rise as a result of carbon emissions.  We have seen that 40% of coral reefs have disappeared in the last 15 years due to temperature change from fossil fuel pollution; we can expect all of coral reefs to disappear within 20-30 more years...
3.  ADD/ADHD and other syndromes in human animals:  We have linked scientifically the occurrence of these (ADD/ADHD) syndromes in humans with chemical --and specifically, pesticide and food addititive ---pollution with these syndromes.  
edward tinch Profile
edward tinch answered
I am not an environmentalist,yet I know that if you put toxic chemicals in drinking water then you are poisoning the people who drink that water. If you pour acid or some other toxic material on other types of material then it would eat through it and may cause severe harm if not death. If we are talking about burning wastes then the chemicals in the air are breathed into our lungs and we could get toxic fumes and cause breathing problems. In every way it does affect the environment. Thanks you.
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Sodapop Curtis answered
As we all know carbon dioxide is a green house gas which mean its helpful to our planet, but if the level of carbon dioxide increases it may contribute to global warming. How this affects our environment is that plants use the energy from the sun to combine carbon dioxide and water to produce a type of sugar called glucose. If fossil fuels are being burned every where it changes the carbon dioxide level meaning making it harder for plants to go through their process of photosynthesis. This can also connect with cellular respiration because when they break down that glucose to obtain energy from it all the germs are entered into their body. Which can cause it to die. When this organism dies it goes through the process of compactation in which the organism becomes apart of the soil, and after a long period of time some of this matter is compacted into fossil fuels.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
It pollutes the water and makes the enviorment bad for animals plants and every living thing.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered

There are various types of
for example air, water, and land pollution. Pollution is the release of
contaminants into the environment. It effects everything in the world
and is everywhere it even effects remote places like the artic. There
is nowhere on the planet that is not polluted.Air is the contamination of air by the discharge of harmful substance. Air pollution harms humans. It causes health problems such as burning eyes and nose.
There is also ore serious health problems that it can cause some
chemicals can cause cancer, birth defects, brain, and nerve damage. Air pollution
damages the ozone layer that protects us from the harmful ultraviolet rays from the sun. Air pollution also effects plants it interferes with photosynthesis so the plants can
not properly make their own food. It affects the fruits the plants grow
and make them smaller and less nutritious.Water pollution is the addition of harmful materials to a body of water in concentrations that affect its quality. Water pollution kills life that lives in water. Water pollution also affects the food chain when smaller organisms eat it and are than
eaten by larger ones eventually humans come into the food chain too.
People can get hepatitis by eating poisoned seafood. Plants are also
affected by water pollution. As people dump chemicals into the water
the plants there are affected by it. The chemicals work as a fertilizer
by making the plants grow as they grow they need more and more oxygen
that they used to share with other organisms that lived there. As the
plants die from their lack of water they have to decompose which uses
even more oxygen, which the fish and other organisms need to survive.
This causes the whole ecosystem to be unbalanced.

aleks Profile
aleks answered
In certain places the weather changes drastically but here in florida the weather is bipolar and the air is smoggy
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
It affects in many shrinking glaciers,melting of permafrost,trees blooming before time ,rising of seas,oceans.And because of this tsunamis occur,etc
Jane  Snow Profile
Jane Snow answered
It affects the air in which we breathe by releasing germs that can cause bacterial.this just part but you can look at the science websites it may give you a lot more info that others maynot
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
I do not no what it is but I know that it is bad it is not good for the environment
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Does not make the earth explode with this the earth is like desinegrating ione step at a time if we keep on going like this we all will fall in to outer space
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Anonymous answered
My name is jacob turner and I want to know how pollution is really effecting the environment

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