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
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- Pollution is one of the biggest global killers, affecting over 100 million people. That’s comparable to global diseases like malaria and HIV.
- 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.
- 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.
- Over 1 million seabirds and 100,000 sea mammals are killed by pollution every year.
- 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.
- 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.
- Approximately 40% of the lakes in America are too polluted for fishing, aquatic life, or swimming.
- 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.
- Each year 1.2 trillion gallons of untreated sewage, stormwater, and industrial waste are dumped into US water.
- 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.
- Recycling and composting prevented 85 million tons of material away from being disposed of in 2010, up from 18 million tons in 1980.