1 in 9 people do not have access to clean water globally.2 This includes the 1.8 billion who use human or animal waste-contaminated water sources.1 Environmental factors contribute to the availability and accessibility of water such as rainfall patterns, the climate in the location with hot dry places experiencing greater evaporation rates and the terrain of the landscape with regions with mountains and valleys creating opportunities for reservoirs of water to be collected.3,4 Other factors such as the economic factors, urbanisation and pollution from industrial wastes, faecal waste and agricultural practices also play a major role in determining access to clean water.4,5 Currently, rivers and seas are being polluted by human wastewater with over 80% of it being disposed of into these water bodies without any treatment, and more than 1.7 billion people are living in regions where water demand exceeds the capacity of the river basins to replenish.1 In some countries, taps, wells and pipes are not affordable for many or are made to a poor quality and
With great advancements in technology and science, humans have been altering the environment of the earth. Around the
Water pollution has become a major problem in our water sources. People think that when they litter or dump in our waters that their little contribution will not hurt anything, but everyone’s little contributions add up to some major problems. Our water ecosystems and the species that reside in them are being destroyed and we need to take the steps necessary to stop this. Why would anyone use the source of most of the world’s food as a dumping ground for garbage? People need to start realizing what it is they are doing when they do not take the proper steps to dispose of their garbage and the problems they are making for the future.
In our society we are encountering environmental issue with water pollution. The world development of modern agriculture and industry, water pollution has been a major problem.
We, as humans, have always had a prevalent impact on our environment and our world as a whole. Not only has our societal presence caused negative global impact, but our expedited population growth has also had an extreme physical impact on earth. An example of the effects of our extensiveness is, “…86% of the world 's resources are consumed by only the wealthiest one fifth of humanity…” (globalissues.org). this means that 4/5ths of the planet already has limited access to resources that are naturally found on earth. In addition to our excessive consumption of the earth natural resources, environmental degradation is the result of extreme pollution and wastes that have made their way into our atmosphere. Because of our severe impact on nature, it is crucial that we stop the accelerated deterioration of our environment by decreasing our misuse of earth’s natural resources, reducing the use of unnecessary technology in our environment and practicing more ecologically responsible lifestyles. This “can help protect the environment and sustain its natural resources for current and future generations” (thrall.org).
In Section 1 of Simon Nicholson and Paul Wapner’s text, Species Unbound: Humanity’s Environmental Impact, the authors bring significant insights into how humanity is producing a negative impact on the environment. Partly because “seven billion people” coupled with an ever-growing population are consuming scarce resources such as wood for paper/furniture etc. at rates faster than regeneration which is leading to resource depletion (Nicholson and Wapner 2015, 9-10). Furthermore, other key sustainability challenges are climate change due to the burning of fossil fuels and biodiversity loss, to name a few. Thus, humans are a negative impact on the environment in terms of not sustaining the Earth's resources, life, climate, and so forth. Since this effect on the environment is so profound some believe we are living in the Anthropocene- in which humans have become the central force in reigning supremacy over earth’s changing environmental conditions and resource depletion (11-12). The author’s claim that one way in which humans are altering the
Water, is a very valuable and necessary resource that, must be managed more carefully. Quantity-wise it is endless; all around the world there are many bodies of water. Ground sources, such as aquifers, as well as surface water, including oceans, seas, rivers, lakes, ponds, and streams. Because of its endlessness it becomes more difficult to manage it all. Clean water that is readily available, for developed and devolving nations alike, is a challenge. There are many factors that play into what can access water sources, and pollute it. Pollution of water is a worldwide problem that occurs too frequently. There are various contributors to water pollution including agriculture, industry, waste management, as well as naturally occurring
Water is a natural resource that many of us take for granted. We all use as much water as we desire because we do not have a limit as to how much water we can use on a daily basis. Most of us are never concerned whether if we will have sufficient water for the very next day. The water we use to consume, shower and even use for various things come from rivers, lakes, streams and oceans and it is absolutely important in the way our world functions. Unfortunately, we have done very little to maintain these water resources fresh clean and as a result, the rivers, lakes, streams and oceans have been undergoing pollution. Water pollution is occurring all over the world and not many of us are informed that every single oil spill, discarded water
What is Water pollution? Water pollution is the contamination of water bodies. Water pollution occurs when pollutants are directly or indirectly discharged into water bodies without adequate treatment to remove harmful compounds. Water pollution affects plants and other living things. (http://www.nrdc.org/water/). Did you know that around 70% of waste is poured or dumped into many bodies of water and therefore no usable to humans nor animals. Why are we using the waterways as our trash can? In this paper I want to discuss the different ways people pollute our Coastal Waterways and the extreme effects that it has on not only humans by a chain of food supply to other species.
In the decade of the 1970s, the United Nations organized several important meetings on the human environment to study a very serious problem . We humans are destroying the world around us . We are using up all of our natural resources . We must learn to conserve them, or life will be very bad for our children and our grandchildren .
People contaminate water by adding chemicals and other harmful substances. For example having lead, zinc, mercury, copper, etc. in water can lead to illnesses such as polio, typhoid fever, polyomavirus infection and many more. Water is a very important element on earth and we need to keep it clean. Over two thirds of Earth’s surface is covered in water; less than a third is taken up with land. As Earth's population continues to grow, people are putting ever-increasing pressure on the planet's water resources. Without water there would be no oceans, no lakes, and no rivers. We all need water to survive, so when people throw their trash in and pollute the water, they don’t understand what their actions will do to us in the future and what harm
Water is an important resource for people and there its use is limited. Most of it is contaminated and there is an increasing amount of contamination in it. So many chemicals have mixed that scientist can't even determine what chemicals are in the water. Many of these chemicals come from seeped chemicals used on farmlands while others are purposely applied to the water to destroy unwanted organisms. Some parts of the water are so contaminated that it cannot be treated by purifying plants.
Water is a critical source that is utilized by most living things on Earth to support it ways of live. The usage of water ranges from basic household needs to agricultural purposes. Water is one of the resources on the Earth that is becoming more and more scarce and the water available for usage is being further contaminated by pollution causing sickness and death.(World Health Organization).Countries are experiencing droughts affecting the water supply needed to maintain irrigation, thermoelectric power, and public supply. The definition of water pollution is the result of when too many toxic materials are present, in which negatively impact the water to be unsafe for its intended purpose, which may be drinking to industrial processes
All around the world, countries are fighting to keep their drinking water clean. Whether it’s streams, rivers, or lakes, countries have taken great measures to maintain high quality drinking water for both human consumption and animal consumption. Countries must first understand the sources of the polltion, then determine the best methods to eliminate the pollution. Clean drinking water is a valuable resource and a the key to human survival. Plants and animals also depend on water for their growth, so all water must be kept clean. The major contributors to water pollution can be classified in three categories, industrial, agricultural and municipal.
The Earth is a dynamic, constantly changing environment in which the hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere all interact. When one changes slightly the change is then felt through out the spheres. Humans need to understand that the change they cause can have a potential for a disastrous affect on the environment. From injecting the atmosphere with greenhouse gas, or deforestation, all the unnatural things done to the environment will have an unnatural affect that will have to be dealt with. We as humans have a moral responsibility to reduce global warming gasses by changing our modes of transportation, to stop deforestation, and increase government funding into research to inhibit global warming for