Humans: Helping or Harming Planet Earth

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The issue of humans causing more pollution than natural disasters hit as been widely debated in our scientific community. It issues an important because it concerns the health of humans, animals, plants and the planet itself. Many arguments and opinions have been put forward concerning this topic. Humans constantly build industrial factories and create excessive chemicals that are not part of the Earth’s “natural order”. Humans burn fossil fuels that release tremendous amounts of carbon. Humans also have the power to prevent and even reverse the affects of pollution by picking up trash and disposing of chemical toxins properly. Humans can also decrease pollution by not smoking and finding a cleaner energy source. This essay will consider opinions about natural disaster causing more pollution than humans. It will then show why humans cause more pollution than natural disasters and ways to minimize pollution. Natural disasters are occurrences of earth that happen naturally. Natural disasters include: Earthquakes, mudslides, hurricanes, volcanic eruptions, twisters and snowstorms. Human pollution includes, but not limited to: Acid rain, CFC’s, smog, chemical pollutants, excess carbon monoxide, sewage, radioactive waste, nuclear waste, oil spills, and more. These are just a few of the things that are causing problems in the environment. Research shows that: Human activities can release substances into the air, some of which can cause health problems for human, plants, and animals. Burning fuel for energy releases particles in the air. A good example of particulate matter is diesel smoke. The particles are very small pieces of matter measuring about 2.5 microns or about .0001 inches (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory). Exhaust from automobiles that humans use as transportation cause serious pollution to the air. Humans also create noxious gases in

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