Industrial Pollution

Industrial pollution is pollution which can be directly linked with industry, in contrast to other pollution sources. This form of pollution is one of the leading causes of pollution worldwide; in the United States, for example, the Environmental Protective Agency estimates that up to 50% of the nation's pollution is caused by industry. Because of its size and scope, industrial pollution is a serious problem for the entire planet, especially in nations which are rapidly industrializing, like China.

This form of pollution dates back to antiquity, but widespread industrial pollution accelerated rapidly in the 1800s, with the start of the Industrial Revolution. The Industrial Revolution mechanized means of production, allowing for a much greater volume of production, and generating a corresponding increase in pollution. The problem was compounded by the use of fuels like coal, which is notoriously unclean, and a poor understanding of the causes and consequences of pollution.

Some of the latest studies suggest that the true effects of industrial water pollution have yet to be measured. While individual toxins and pollutants have been measured and laws regulating the individual toxins and pollutants have been passed, the cumulative effect of the whole picture has yet to be well measured. The potential effects of industrial water pollution could grow to catastrophic levels. Not only does the potential for destruction of fish and other water dwelling creatures exist, but the potential for serious human illness also exists.

Additional studies on the toxicity and hazardous waste need to be done in order to determine whether more stringent regulations are necessary in order to save the planet’s natural waterways. Just like the human body (as well as the bodies of animals) metabolizes blends of minerals together, the human body can also metabolize blends of toxins found in polluted water. Calcium is metabolized better when blended with Vitamin D. There are countless toxins that blend together in the very same way. However, instead of promoting healthy bone growth the blend of pollutants causes illness and potentially fatal diseases.

This is why further research is necessary to determine the true possible damage to the natural environment as well as to the human body. Industrial water pollution has been a very serious issue since the beginning of the industrial age. A great many industrial buildings were originally built alongside rivers and bays for the convenience that the water offered. Whether the water was needed for the production purposes or it was used as a convenient waste disposal site, it took several decades for the damage to become apparent enough to require governmental intervention.

The greatest concern with this type of pollution is that it can be very difficult to discern every single toxin in any given area when the pollution is industrial. Through the process of manufacturing there can be a great number of pollutants for one single product. Once the pollutants hit the water and disperse, identifying the source becomes even more difficult. The overall effect of industrial water pollution can be devastating to the environment. When pollution hits the water the entire ecosystem becomes affected in one way or another.

The toxins can be absorbed by plants and ingested by the sea life. If the pollution levels are toxic enough the sea life not only starts to die off but many toxins can be passed to other animals in nearby ecosystems if the affected sea life is eaten.

On top of that, the pollution often changes the algae and natural bacteria levels in the water which can significantly increase of decrease the oxygen levels in the water. Too much oxygen in the water is just as detrimental as too little oxygen in the water. Governmental regulations have helped to put a damper on the level of pollutants that are released into the waterways. However, the regulations are either not strict enough or they are not enforced with enough vigor.

New regulations are often created to restrict the pollutants from entering the water but do not go into effect immediately. Industrial corporations are often given as long as five years to eliminate their pollutants from their discharge. The government offers the industrial world this type of time extension due to the hefty expense that making the appropriate adjustments can accrue. On a positive note, most businesses now choose to use office water coolers which supply clean drinking water to their employees and having either a bottled or bottleless water cooler dispenser in the building is one sure way of avoiding the polluted water from tap water.

The toll the industrial water pollution takes on the planet’s well-being can be extreme. Cleaning up the polluted water is certainly no easy task. It takes a combination of natural filtration, human effort, and preservation techniques. Even then there are some pollutants that will remain embedded in the silt and plant life for decades. Industrial water pollution can leave its mark in some of the worst ways for a long time which makes it one of the worst forms of pollution.

The long term effects on natural ecosystems as well as humans are not yet completely understood, but it is understood that the long term effects are detrimental. Industrial pollution is pollution which can be directly linked with industry, in contrast to other pollution sources.

This form of pollution is one of the leading causes of pollution worldwide; in the United States, for example, the Environmental Protective Agency estimates that up to 50% of the nation's pollution is caused by industry. Because of its size and scope, industrial pollution is a serious problem for the entire planet, especially in nations which are rapidly industrializing, like China.

This form of pollution dates back to antiquity, but widespread industrial pollution accelerated rapidly in the 1800s, with the start of the Industrial Revolution. The Industrial Revolution mechanized means of production, allowing for a much greater volume of production, and generating a corresponding increase in pollution. The problem was compounded by the use of fuels like coal, which is notoriously unclean, and a poor understanding of the causes and consequences of pollution. There are a number of forms of industrial pollution.

One of the most common is water pollution, caused by dumping of industrial waste into waterways, or improper containment of waste, which causes leakage into groundwater and waterways. Industrial pollution can also impact air quality, and it can enter the soil, causing widespread environmental problems. Because of the nature of the global environment, industrial pollution is never limited to industrial nations. Samples of ice cores from Antarctica and the Arctic both show high levels of industrial pollutants, illustrating the immense distances which pollutants can travel, and traces of industrial pollutants have been identified in isolated human, animal, and plant populations as well.

Industrial pollution hurts the environment in a range of ways, and it has a negative impact on human lives and health. Pollutants can kill animals and plants, imbalance ecosystems, degrade air quality radically, damage buildings, and generally degrade quality of life. Factory workers in areas with uncontrolled industrial pollution are especially vulnerable. A growing awareness of factory pollution and its consequences has led to tighter restrictions on pollution all over the world, with nations recognizing that they have an obligation to protect themselves and their neighbors from pollution.

However, industrial pollution also highlights a growing issue: the desire of developing nations to achieve first world standards of living and production. Those countries that are already industrialized want to keep their place in the World Economy, and those that aren't want a better position in the world economy eg China. As these countries industrialize, they add to the global burden of industrial pollution, triggering serious discussions and arguments about environmental responsibility and a desire to reach a global agreement on pollution issues.