Pollution as a big health problem
by AIliashenko on September 25, 2015 - 8:26pm
This article was written by Stephen Leahy on 24 October 2012. He talks about the document called “World’s worst pollution problems” published by Blacksmith Institute and Green Cross Switzerland. It is about how industrial pollutants, such as radionuclides, mercury, lead, pesticides in the air impact the public health.
They estimated that in US there are 100,000-300,000 toxic sites. Those are mainly factories in industrial areas but in low or middle income countries there are a lot of them in residential areas too. This leads to a lot of diseases, including malaria and TB. The author gives an example of a city in Nigeria, where people mine gold from rocks. However, those rocks contain extremely high level of lead which lead to poisoning and death of a lot of people including children. All these pollution problems directly impact the life expectancy and the costs on healthcare. If those counties want to increase the quality of life they need to somehow deal with it.
Stephen Leahy also points out that this is very ironic that in less development countries people get poisoned and die to supply the developed world with resources.
The numbers do not lie, and as we can see 4m to 10m tonnes of really dangerous pesticides were abandoned all over the world. To eliminate that all we’ll need around 45 billion dollars.
What do I think about this problem is that it is one of the most urgent ones. Each of us can do something. Using less energy, less hot water, do not buying unuseful things and throwing them away are only the first small steps of what we can do to save our planet. We can also plant trees, being involved in political life, go to demonstrations against building, for example, another chemical factory can help the Earth too. Only together, if each of one does something, we can try to find a solution to this monstrous problem.
Leath, Stephan. "Pollution as big a health problem as malaria or TB, finds report". theguardian 24 October 2012: pages: 1. Web. 25 Sept. 2015.