chemical contamination water and air

by Tijani Oladimeji
(Port Harcourt, Nigeria)

We would like all air and water to be this clean

We would like all air and water to be this clean

Can you please provide some detail on Environmental effects that come from various types of pollution in air and water? Please elaborate on air quality in countries suth as Japan, Nigeria or Ghana.

Barry's Response - Tijani:

In my work, environmental quality is the concentrations of certain key pollutants.

1) Mass per cubic volume is usually expressed as µg/m3 in air, grams or moles per liter in water, or as a fractional content as % or ppm.

2) It's likely that the chemicals in question vary by region and type of human activity. On special occasions, we look at nitrogen dioxide (NO2), Sulphur Dioxide
(SO2), suspended particulate matter (like dust) and many others. Water has its own list of chemicals to worry about.

3) Global issues are getting more and more important. Global warming and greenhouse gases are the most well-known examples. There's Carbon Dioxide (CO2), Methane (CH4), Nitrous Oxide (N2O), and three others I can't remember. Here we're not as worried about local concentrations as we are about total mass emissions, from which inventories are calculated and countries trade emissions credits based on those statistics.

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Pollution can have big effects on ecosystems and human health. Here are some examples of air and water pollution in Japan, Nigeria, and Ghana:

A) Pollution in the air:

- Asthma, bronchitis, and other lung diseases can be caused by air pollution, especially industrial emissions and vehicle exhaust.

- In acid rain, pollutants like sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide mix with moisture in the air, damaging forests, soil, and aquatic ecosystems.

- Pollution can cause smog, which reduces visibility, harms plant life, and can cause respiratory issues.

- Changes in weather patterns and sea level rise are caused by greenhouse gas emissions, including carbon dioxide.

B) Pollution in the water:

- Drinking Water Contamination: Industrial waste, sewage, and agricultural runoff can pollute water sources, making them unsafe to drink.

- Impacts on marine life: Oil spills, heavy metals, and plastic waste can damage marine ecosystems, destroying coral reefs, reducing fish populations, and disrupting food chains.

- Poor water quality can lead to waterborne diseases like cholera, typhoid, and dysentery, especially in areas with poor sanitation.

- Destruction of aquatic habitats: Pollution can damage aquatic plants, animals, and biodiversity in rivers, lakes, and coastal areas.

The extent and severity of pollution can vary from region to region and country to country. Mitigating pollution and protecting the environment requires stricter regulations, promoting sustainable practices, and raising awareness about the importance of clean air and water.

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by: jade

Pollution in air and water are of so many types. It starts from the small littering with paper, food etc. to dumping chemical substances. The same goes with the air pollution too; the smoke we make is actually a kind of pollution.

From Barry - Our economy, the environment, and human health are all negatively affected by pollution. Pollution can be combated in a number of ways, like reducing emissions, improving waste management, and investing in clean energy.

Water Worry
by: akh

The quantity of fresh water available on earth is decreasing alarmingly each day. Human beings will have to cut back on their polluting activity before its too late.

From Barry - There's less safe, fresh drinking water available for human consumption as water sources get polluted by industrial waste and agricultural runoff. Water shortages and major health risks could result if this continues.

Water pollution
by: george

Water pollution is a serious matter of today and you have provided an excellent idea in your article. Causes of this needs checking and it should be prevented. I would like more of such environment concerned articles from you.

From Barry - Pollutants in water can harm humans, wildlife, and the environment. Heavy metals, industrial chemicals, and pesticides can cause cancer, birth defects, and reproductive problems. By preventing water pollution, we can make sure water resources are safe for drinking, recreational activities, and more.

Same okd Same old
by: Candice

This was rather boring and did not make me want to stay at this site. While I do care about the contamination on our air and water I think maybe you should have drawn your reader in for quickly. If I were to search this sight at all I would probably just scan through the blog.

From Barry - I also care about air and water pollution, and we need to take action now to reduce it. We need to start using more eco-friendly products and energy sources. To minimize their negative impact on the environment, we need to make sure companies follow environmental regulations.

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