The Effect of the Industrial Revolution on Pollution Essay

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The Industrial Revolution of the nineteenth and the eighteenth centuries brought about much of the base of today’s pollutants. A series of technological advances in machinery, such as the steam engine, along with a preponderance of other goods shifting from homes and small factories to large industrial settings brought about more and more pollution. The creation of more productive processing used to manufacture cotton textiles increased the number of mills located in England and eventually moved to the northeastern United States. The steam engine allowed businesses to transfer manufacturing plants was for rivers and other waterways to areas with densely populated urban zones. Pollution increased due to the concentration of these…show more content…
As jobs grew in the last half of the nineteenth century, the amounts of pollution and land plundering and the area over which it took place dramatically increased. The railroads continued rapidly with this expansion. As the rails stretched westward pollution followed in St. Louis, Missouri, Chicago, Illinois and Detroit, Michigan and then Denver, Colorado; and Los Angeles, California. The twentieth century saw the fast rise in the development of industrial parks based on the chemical manufacturing of such items as dyes, plastics, and pharmaceuticals. The primary power source saw oil substituting coal as industries grew and become more prolific. The same time frame experienced drastic changes in the structure and organization of factories as they quickly converted to mass production techniques to keep up ever increasing demand. By the close of the twentieth century, companies had radical changes from plant-wide organizations to worldwide operations. The continued advancement of technology allowed large corporations to dictate the industrial landscape, and to have a most far-reaching effect on the environment. To counter the undesirable environmental impact, the final years of the twentieth century saw an optimistic shift in emphasis into the environment to the elimination of potential pollution at its source. Rather than trying to correct problems that had already occurred, industry began to try to get ahead of the problem before
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