Saturday, June 13, 2009

POLLUTION: The Solution to Pollution - Sustainable Power

Industrial air pollution sourceImage via Wikipedia

by Bernice Eker

The World Health Organization, The U.N., and governments from all over the world are now concerned with pollution. You hear celebrities calling a call to arms, to unite against pollution. A media frenzy on how polluted the whole planet is the event of the decade.

Pollution causes instability, discomfort, disorder and harm to the environment and the people living in it. There are many kinds of pollutants it could be noise, energy, light, heat, and worst chemical.

Sources Of Pollution

There are two major sources of pollution; the point source pollution or the non point source pollution. Point source pollution is aptly named because the source is readily identifiable and may be singled out. Usually a point source only affects a single area or space while the non point source will affect a larger area. Non point pollution usually affects water bodies. It's so severe that nothing will be able to reverse the damaging effects.

A History Of Pollution

If you believe that reverting to a "traditional" way of life will reduce or at least slow down the effects of pollution then you're wrong. The moment fire was discovered, and metal grinding was used pollution ensued. Even human wastes probably polluted some areas as early as the Paleolithic era, its just that at that time nature dwarfed human actions giving it a long period to recover.

Pollution gradually increased as humanity evolved and society developed. In fact glacier slices in Greenland show pollution in connection with the ancient Mesopotamian, Greek, Roman and Chinese era. A closer study showed that pollution increases with the rise in the utilization of metals. With the decline of any human social progress the Middle Ages showed a slow increase in pollution; although, pollution was generally concentrated in pockets like cities.

The gradual increase of populations and the widespread use of industrial processes saw the materialization of a civilization that is slowly but surely creating a negative impact on nature. It was inevitable that pollution would get so severe that people would finally notice that the environment is slowly degenerating. The industrial revolution paved the way for total environmental pollution as we know it today.

A Declaration

Unknown to a lot of people, the issue of pollution is not one that's been discovered during the 19th century. During the 9th to the 13th century Arabic writings regarding pollution were already prevalent.

The first medium of action that Western Society first noticed was so basic and simple that it is literally all around us: air. Pollution as a cause became popular towards the end of World War II when the effects of atomic testing and the atomic bomb became undeniable. In 1952 a great smog descended upon London prompting the death of more than 8,000 people. This event precipitated legislation sanctioning the use of coal and other polluting energy resources prevalent in those days.

Over time, growing pollution made people realize that the main cause of nature's demise is our relentless use of energy. This gave rise to environmentalism and the quest for sustainable power. Energy is an integral part of the human world. We cannot live without energy; our very existence depends upon it. That is why it is imperative that we find alternate energy resources that will never be exhausted and will not harm the environment as time goes by.

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