Environmental Pollution Outline

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Environmental Pollution Scenario Review and Summary SCI/256 Greg Bordner Environmental pollution is any discharge of material or energy into water, land, or air that causes or may cause acute (short-term) or chronic (long-term) detriment to the Earth's ecological balance or that lowers the quality of life. The human race has done several things to the earth to cause short-term and long term damage to the earth. All of man-kind disposes of certain kind of byproducts and waste. Man continues to exploit land and its resources to satisfy their unlimited want and demand. Due to human needs primary forest areas are reduced by about 60,000 square kilometers per year (roughly the size of Ireland). This number is not 100 percent accurate due to several other countries don’t monitor such change (Olsen, 2008). It resulted in the global loss of the forest and species living in this forest. The cropland has increased gradually due to the irrigation facilities but it is also fact that it had naturally grew at the cost and expense of forest, grasslands and wetlands. Environmental scientists conduct scientific research to solve various environmental related problems by studying all the related aspects to third problem to find out a solution to it. In the modern civilization people consume more than they produce, therefore we can see that the cost consumption is rising faster than the production. The U.S. has only 4.7% of the global population, but consumes 25% of the world’s resources. The wealthiest nations in the developed countries consumes most of the natural resources and releases the most pollution and have the greatest capacity to make the required changes. This increased production in wealthy nation’s rather than satisfying our needs; which increases pollution. The exploitation of resources by rich nation has a considerable impact on our environment.

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