The Impact of the Industrial Revolution on Our Environment

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The Impact of the Industrial Revolution on Our Environment The Industrial Revolution had a large, negative impact on the environment. Before the Industrial Revolution most peppered moths in Britain were white, however, the amount of coal and pollutants produced during the Revolution changed the color of the moths' environment. Soon, the darker moths were more well camouflaged, and the white moths all but died out. Peppered moths were not the only creatures impacted by the Industrial Revolution, humans and domesticated animals were also effected. “Industrial Britain was hit by an outbreak of cholera in 1831-32, 1848-49, 1854 and 1867.” ("Diseases in industrial cities in the Industrial Revolution" 1). Commentary: The Industrial Revolution saw an outbreak of diseases, including cholera, which infected humans, livestock, and pets. Cholera was so prevalent and feared in Industrial Age Britain that it earned the nickname “King Cholera”. “The cause was simple – sewage was being allowed to come into contact with drinking water and contaminating it. As many people used river water as their source of drinking water, the disease spread with ease.” ("Diseases in industrial cities in the Industrial Revolution" 1). Cholera was caused by polluted water that was a byproduct of the increased urban population density that accompanied the Industrial Revolution. Because so many people were being cramped together in small spaces as a result of urban growth, sanitation was terrible and the drinking water became contaminated with sewage. “Smallpox made a major re-occurrence in industrial cities even after Edward Jenner’s vaccine. The reason was simple. Very many in the industrial cities were ignorant of the fact that Jenner had developed a vaccine. …the overcrowded tenements of the cities were a perfect breeding ground for smallpox” ("Diseases in industrial cities in the Industrial

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