Effects of Chemicals on the Environment

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The Chemicals that make our lives [not so] great It all began for mankind when we began creating. Creating things for enjoyment and creating things to make our lives easier. No one could say for sure what the first thing mankind came up with as a way to improve life, but I could come up with quite the list of things that have been created since then. Nearly everything that we as humans do in life is geared towards making us happier and our lives easier. Think about it. Our society today is as advanced as it has ever been, and tomorrow it will become even more advanced. While all the advancements in technology a have been extremely beneficial towards shaping our society into the most efficient society in history, it has also come with consequences. One of the most studied and discussed topics today regards the effects of the chemicals that we use and how they affect the environment. Chlorofluorocarbons, polychlorinated biphenyl, and pesticides are common pollutants in the environment. These pollutants enter the environment for a number of reasons. Carelessness and greed are the most common causes for these pollutants to enter the environment. By looking at the effects these chemicals on the environment, examining the benefits gained from using these chemicals, exploring ways that the harm of these chemicals could be limited and looking at the part that greed plays in the process it will become clear that these chemicals are in fact a necessary part of our thriving society. Chlorofluorocarbons: The “Unnatural” Greenhouse Gas A chlorofluorocarbon is an organic compound containing carbon, chlorine and fluorine. Chlorofluorocarbons are evaporated from methane or ethane. Almost every American has heard of Chlorofluorocarbons and as most definitely used Chlorofluorocarbons at some point. Chlorofluorocarbons are most often referred to as CFC’s. Additionally,

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