Do you know the 8 Forms of Pollution?

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The term pollution is very well known for the constant repetition of the topic whether in school, work, debates, etc. Many define pollution generally as the contamination of a substance or something that is harmful to the environment. But did you know that there are 8 different forms of pollution? There’s Noise, Radioactive, Visual, Water, Air, Thermal, Soil, and Light Pollution.


Noise Pollution

Although rarely known it is existent and very much bothersome. This is essentially loud noises such as traffic, concerts, railroads or activities that make noise. In today’s world, we rarely acknowledge that some activities contribute to noise pollution, because we are used to them and are seen as normal. The noises caused by these activities are both annoying and disruptive to humans or any other living organisms. This pollution affects our physiological health, most commonly it gives high stress, causes loss of hearing, and disturbs those who are trying to sleep.


Radioactive Pollution

This type of pollution is controlled by the growth of nuclear and atomic weapons. The low-intensity radioactive levels are responsible for the loss of hair, bleeding, nausea, etc. The low radioactive levels are harmful but the high levels are deadly.


Visual Pollution

Have you ever tried to enjoy looking wondrously at your environment, but instead you were greeted with a billboard about law firms. Not only billboards but also, electric wires, buildings, trash, antennas, etc. This disruption is called visual pollution. It may not be harmful but it is not pleasing to the eye.


Water Pollution

Is the contamination of earth waters: lakes, oceans, rivers, etc. Sewer lines and wastewater by households, industrial waste, minings, marine dumplings, oil leakage, contribute to the cause of water pollution. All living organisms are affected by this form of pollution as we all need water to survive and it’s being contaminated by many sources.


Air Pollution

The most known and is the contamination of the air by humans. It is caused by the burning of fossil fuels, that is, coal, oil, natural gas, and gasoline. Any type of fuel-burning heating devices, let out chemicals such as carbon monoxide, that cause contamination to the air we breathe. These chemicals trap heat into the earth atmosphere and also cause global warming.


Thermal Pollution

The degrading of the quality of water by changing the water temperature is thermal pollution. It is caused by using water as a coolant by power plants. Factories and Industrial manufacturers release this hot or cold water into nearby waters and that alters the water natural temperature. The unnatural temperature that is dumped into any body of water results in the death of marine animals who have specific temperatures to survive.


Soil Pollution

Is another form of pollution which is defined by the presence of chemicals or alternations of the natural soil environment. Some of the many causes include agricultural chemicals, improper disposal of waste, industrial activity, etc. This pollution poisons the soil and decreases its fertility, meaning low quality and fewer nutrients in the food we eat.


Light Pollution

Last but equally as important, is light pollution, which is the reason why you can’t see the billions of stars when you gaze into the sky. That is the over-illumination of artificial light in the night time. Essentially, light in the night environment disturbs, among other things, astronomical research and wastes energy. Artificial light also affects living organisms that are nocturnal because it alters their environment for daytime which then disrupts their population growth.