Population Growth and the Environment

4276 Words Mar 14th, 2009 18 Pages
1.0 Introduction
The human population is increasing rapidly but advancement of technology is trying to keep up with the pace. By the increase of human population, the contact with the environment is getting more intensive, because human needs are increasing. And by the findings and development of new technologies, human can apply them to get what they want. And it's now understood and widely accepted that new technologies would bring their respective side effects besides their advantages. This clearly tells us that the back bone of man made pollution is the increase in population and technology. Pollution can also be caused naturally. This type of pollution does not cause excessive harm to our lives due to its regeneration ability; but,
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Fossil fuels are also increases the levels of atmospheric methane and nitrous oxide. 4.2 Effects of air pollution
Air pollution affects every living thing on this planet. It harms the humans, plants, marine life and even the atmosphere we breathe me. There are many effects but the most common are as follows. 4.2.1 Diseases- Pollution and human diseases have a very strong connection. Being exposed to contaminated air increases the risk of heart diseases, digestive disorders, skin irritation and many more. Cardiovascular diseases are the most common cause of death in Sweden and other Western European countries. Tobacco smoke also causes eye, nose, and throat irritation, as well as headaches, bronchitis, pneumonia, lung cancer, and heart disease. It also increases the risk of respiratory and ear infections in young children. Air pollution is also very harmful for pregnant ladies as well for their babies. 4.2.2 Damage to plants- Pollutants such as ozone, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide are harmful for crops because they damage the waxy coating on the leaves which prevent water loss, pests and frost. Loss of crops can eventually lead to a shortage of food supple in the country. In addition to that, trees produce oxygen which we human need and if the trees are damaged, humans are
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