Pollution

Though we’re normally a bunch of optimistic and positively minded guys, we are going to start off with a vexing subject, namely pollution.

The whole point of this website is to raise awareness about the Earth’s pollutions problems and new ways to tackle these problems in the future. Before you start looking into all the amazing people out there who are trying their best to keep our planet clean we first have to take a look at the problem itself.

Polluting the Earth

Polluting the Earth occurs when people leave some form of waste on the planet which nature has a hard time dealing with. Think about stuff like plastic bottles, rubber tires, and nuclear (radioactive) waste. Leaving waste is a normal thing for humans and for other animals as well. However, humans have managed to create many materials that are not biodegradable, meaning that a piece of waste will last for decades because there is no way for Mother Nature to clean it up.

When you throw away your banana, apple or other kind of food, bacteria will eventually decompose the physical product and turn it into energy and fuel for other bacteria, plants or animals. This is the way nature usually takes care of its own waste, however non-biodegradable products are a bit harder to deal with.

Basically there are three categories in which we could distinguish the different types of pollution:

Land Pollution

Land pollution is one of the most common forms of pollution since the history of mankind. In every country around the world we can see many problems with the civic systems. Some countries have better regulations about their waste while other’s have poor management for the disposal of waste.

There are many forms of land pollution but here we will briefly discuss some of the most important factors. The first one would be solid waste mismanagement. This happens in many countries where the disposal system of household waste is not regulated on a sufficient level.

Most of these countries happen to be third world countries where the waste disposal system hasn’t yet adapted to the current consumption levels. During the last 50 years or so the most amount of household waste comes from product packages, cans, tins etc.

In the same category but on another scale are things like chemical waste dumping, hospital waste and industrial waste. These are all forms of Land Pollution.

Water Pollution

So what is water pollution? The answer to this isn’t really difficult to guess. It’s when the natural water composition gets disrupted by physical and chemical waste dumped into the water by humans.

A lack of safe drinking water has become a global issue during the last 20 years. In many third world countries people are suffering from thirst and bad hygiene because there is a lack of safe and clean drinking water.

Just like with land pollution, there are many causes of water pollution and factors that influence the quality of water. Perhaps the most dangerous one would the dumping of plastics straight into the ocean. We’re sad to see that there are many countries and governments out there who simply instruct their workers to dump all their plastic into the oceans (or rivers, which eventually lead into the ocean). Because of this many coral reefs and underwater wildlife are suffering from polluted ecosystems.

Besides this surface water pollution we also have to deal with groundwater pollution. Many industrial companies (like oil or coal factories) are dumping their waste straight into the ground. This results in a polluted ground which in turn results in polluted ground water. Add to this the fact that almost half of the world’s drinking water comes from underneath the surface of the Earth, and you can guess the scale of the problem we are facing.

Air Pollution

Perhaps the most infamous form of pollution would be air pollution. During the last decade we have all heard about greenhouse gasses and that there is too much CO2 emission in the world’s atmosphere.

This is mostly caused by gas emission from cars and airplanes all over the world. Next to this we have heavy industries such a coal mines which emit a huge amount of CO2 into the atmosphere on a daily basis.