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11 Facts About Pollution You Do Not Know

11 things abouts pollution you dont know

pollution is the presence in or introduction into the environment of a substance which has harmful or poisonous effects. this could be harmful to our health and could lead to different types of ailment

The 11 facts you want are below, and the sources for the facts are at the very bottom of the page. After you learn something, do something! Find out how to take action here.

  1. Pollution is one of the biggest global killers, affecting over 100 million people. That’s comparable to global diseases like malaria and HIV.
  2. Cleanups can save animals’ lives and discourage people from littering in the future. Take initiative and host a cleanup — wearing anything but clothes! — at a park near you. Sign up for ABC Cleanup.
  3. In 1975, the National Academy of Sciences estimated that ocean-based sources, such as cargo ships and cruise liners had dumped 14 billion pounds of garbage into the ocean.
  4. Over 1 million seabirds and 100,000 sea mammals are killed by pollution every year.
  5. People who live in places with high levels of air pollutants have a 20% higher risk of death from lung cancer than people who live in less-polluted areas.
  6. 11 things abouts pollution you dont know
  1. The Mississippi River carries an estimated 1.5 million metric tons of nitrogen pollution into the Gulf of Mexico each year, creating a “dead zone” in the Gulf each summer about the size of New Jersey.
  2. Approximately 40% of the lakes in America are too polluted for fishing, aquatic life, or swimming.
  3. Americans make up an estimated 5% of the world’s population. However, the US uses 25% of the world’s resources – burning up nearly 25% of the coal, 26% of the oil, and 27% of the world’s natural gas.
  4. Each year 1.2 trillion gallons of untreated sewage, stormwater, and industrial waste are dumped into US water.
  5. While children make up 10% of the world’s population, over 40% of the global burden of disease falls on them. More than 3 million children under age five die annually from environmental factors.
  6. Recycling and composting prevented 85 million tons of material away from being disposed of in 2010, up from 18 million tons in 1980.
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