Environmental Issues. Jerry R. Burks. Bus 250 Corporate
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Jerry R. Burks
BUS 250 Corporate and Social Responsibility Instructor: Stacey Taylor April 2, 2017
William Sanford, popularly known as Bill Nye the Science Guy stated, “Climate change is happening, humans are causing it, and I think this is perhaps the most serious environmental issue facing us” (Nye, n.d.). Although this statement proves to be accurate, often times it is not realized that the harm caused to the environment by humans in turn present a health risk to the community. The state of Washington continues to face environmental issues that…show more content… Urbanization also causes a respiratory health concern due to an increase in industrial activity. Water and air pollution closely relate to the result of urbanization. It is noted that the majority of things that are byproducts of human civilization cause pollution to water and air. The major causes of water pollution in this area is toxic chemicals entering the waterways on a regular basis.
“Ecology currently estimates that Puget Sound receives millions of pounds of toxic chemicals every year from surface runoff, groundwater discharges, and municipal and wastewater outfall pipes. These contaminates include oil and grease, PCBs, and phthalates as well as toxic heavy metals such as copper, lead, and zinc. These toxins concentrate in urban bays and enter the food chain” (Department of Ecology (n.d.)).
This plays a major factor in health risk for individuals of the community. When chemical pollutants enter waterways, and contaminate fish, the human consumption could be tragic. Health conditions that may arise from toxic waste in water may include organ failure or possible death. Closely related to the urbanization of Washington is air pollution. With the industrial growth of the community, harmful emission plague the environment from sulfur dioxide emission to the common vehicle emissions. Air pollutants pose a serious respiratory health issue that can cause aggravated cardiovascular and respiratory illness. Major causes of the