As an outcome of widescale establishment of factories, hazardous pollutants have made their easy way into the environment and this is stark estimation that pollution aired and watered and channelled from factories is about 2/3rd of total damage caused to our environment and habitat.
Factories put forth harmful toxins and material which are streamed into our environment and thus poses a great risk to human survival.
As a wake-up call, there have been plenty of concerted efforts from various environmental groups and even UNO is found to be a frontline crusader to such a cause and this can be translated in the form of various accords and declarations made by and agreed to, by many widely industrialized economies such as Japan, US, China Canada etc. More on such international accords and pledges in the following article but here, let’s fix our attention to recall what dreaded problems can be galvanized as an after effect from industrial pollution.
Choking effects of industrial pollution can be summed up in the following points:
Clearly, our deep leaning on industrial activities has led to unprecedented rise in earth’s temperature which is climate change or simply put Global Warming. Hitherto, toxic materials and gases are manipulated during industrial processes and are veered into air, among which Carbon dioxide and Methane are found to be particularly damaging. This is simply because such gases are capable of absorbing sun radiation and thus affect temperature of earth in straightforward manner.
Needless to mention, Global Warming, again opens a range of sources, which can put human survival into deep trouble, such as:
- Rise in sea levels,
- Risk of extinction to certain animal species,
- Rise in temperature of earth,
- Probability of tsunamis, hurricanes, typhoons, floods and a handful of natural disasters,
- Ice caps get melted.
- Air Pollution:
None can deny the tremendous mess growing industrialization has been causing to our otherwise fresh air. Toxic gases released from factories, coupled with smoke running out from running automobiles have become a major cause of respiratory issues while also contributing to lung cancer, heart problems among other grave health issues.
Looking beyond into the wildlife, air pollution also casts an adverse impact on our wildlife and make it tough for certain plants and animals to survive for long.
- Water Pollution:
In this stream also, factories are the real culprits and across the world, there is reported unlawful dumping of gases, heavy metals, radioactive matter and contaminated water into seas and streams which mix with the oceans later and hence poses a greater risk to marine life and to overall environment, than any other factor.
However, it must be brought to light that not all of the manufacturing units are to be blamed for this, but still, there is seen a considerable strength which do this, shunning the eye of law and averting keen attention from environmentalists and continue to dump their toxic residue to save some money.
- Soil Pollution:
Soil on Mother Earth could not remain untouched from the killing claws of such gigantic monster, known as pollution. There is seen industrial residue, obviously replete with toxins which are being put into landfills, thereby affecting the fertility of soil which casts its affect upon produce. In fact, even the yields, i.e. the food crops can become toxic and we are thus compelled to consume toxins, in this way.
As a result of expansion of factories with unregulated release of pollution, air pollution also causes depletion or simply thinning of ozone layer high up in the atmosphere, which restricts the reach of harsh UV rays from sun. Such UV rays are potentially radiant enough to cause scores of health complications, if one remains overly exposed to it, such as cancer of skin, cataracts and can also lead to weakening of our immune system. Further, production of crops can be reduced and sea food can become harmful too.
Other than these, UV rays also cast scores of other disastrous effects, which would be covered in our upcoming articles.
Clearly, as human beings, we have become deeply vulnerable to scores of pollution types and we are thus, pretty prone to developing grave health risks. In an alarming declaration made by WHO recently, lung cancer is traced to pollution, in fact 5% globally.
Then, WHO indicates lung and heart diseases as an outcome of various forms of pollution.
As fallout, legal claims are on the rise against occupations where workers are at risk of getting infected by diesel and other forms of pollution.
Wildlife Gets Devastated:
On our planet, a handful of areas witness a great destruction as a result of factories being pumped-up and as we go about hunting for wood, coal, oil and land, such efforts put certain species in great danger. For instance, when forests are cleared, animals are deprived of their natural habitat and this disrupts the wildlife deeply. Then, mining also force animals to leave their place and move out looking for a safe dwelling.
Getting further ahead, oil is spilled in oceans, leakages happen and waste material is dumped in forests, which again inflicts damage to our wildlife and which costs human survival immensely.
As a result, such factors combine to drive some animal species on brink of extinction and many more are likely to follow unless protective measures are not implemented properly as well as timely.
Clearly and fearfully, a great amount of damage is done to this planet by us, through our callous activities in an unregulated manner.