Impact Of Environment On The Environment

1390 WordsDec 10, 20156 Pages
Introduction: In an increasingly urbanized environment, many actions that benefit humans can consequently have a negative impact on the surrounding environment due to how interconnected Earth’s systems are: for example, chemical cleaning products that are often used in households and businesses, such as Clorox and Fantastic, are a convenient and useful way to disinfect surfaces and prevent the spread of diseases between family members, friends, and coworkers. They are cheap and easy to use, but their market prices tend not to accurately reflect their true cost, specifically the negative cost that their production and use has on the environment. Many household cleaning products contain ingredients that can be detrimental to environmental health. They are often abundant in Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s)—including formaldehyde and ammonia— and nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorous. These compounds make their way into waterways when they are flushed down the drain or reach the atmosphere through evaporation (Davis, n.d.). From there, they become incorporated into Earth’s physical systems, including material cycles such as the water cycle and the phosphorous, nitrogen, and carbon cycle, and overload their natural storages. The uncontrolled increase of nutrients leads to rapid plant growth, eutrophication and the eventual creation of dead zones in aquatic environments (“Nutrient Pollution: The Effects: Environment”, n.d.), while the release of VOC’s to the atmosphere
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