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Environmental pollution

  2. DEFINITION OF POLLUTION • Pollution is the introduction of contaminants into the natural environment that cause adverse change, in the form of killing of life ,toxicity of environment , damage to ecosystem and aesthetics of our surrounding . • Pollution: The term pollution can be defined as influence of any substance causing nuisance, harmful effects, and uneasiness to the organisms. • Pollutant:- Any substance causing Nuisance or harmful effects or uneasiness to the organisms, then that particular substance may be called as the pollutant.
  5. • Water pollution is the contamination of water bodies (e.g. lakes, rivers, oceans, aquifers and groundwater) • Water Pollution can be defined as alteration in physical, chemical, or biological characteristics of water through natural or human activities and making it unsuitable for its designated usage. • Fresh Water present on the earth surface is put to many uses. It is used for drinking, domestic and municipal uses, agricultural, irrigation, industries, navigation, recreation. The used water becomes contaminated and is called waste water
  6. SOURCES OF WATER POLLUTION • Most of Water Pollution is man made. It may also occur naturally by addition of soil particles through erosion, animal wastes and leaching of minerals from rocks The sources of water pollution can be classified as • Industrial Waste • Inorganic & Organic Pollutants • Agricultural Wastes
  7. INDUSTRIAL WASTE • Waste water from manufacturing or chemical processes in industries • Industrial waste water usually contains specific and readily identifiable chemical compounds. • Mainly in the form of toxic wastes and organic pollutants. • Chromium, mercury, lead, copper, cadmium etc.
  8. INORGANIC POLLUTANTS They include fine particles of different metals, chlorides, sulphates, oxides of iron, cadmium, acids and alkalies.
  9. ORGANIC POLLUTANTS They Include oils, fats, phenols, organic acids grease and several other organic compounds
  10. AGRICULTURAL WASTES Chemical fertilizers and pesticides have become essential for present day high yielding crops. Consequently , they have become a potential source of water pollution. These fertilizers contain major plants nutrients mainly nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium. Excess fertilizers may reach the ground water by leaching or may be mixed with surface water of rivers, lakes and ponds by runoff and drainage
  11. CONTROL OF WATER POLLUTION • Treatment of water before leaving in water bodies. • Restoration of polluted water bodies. • River Water Monitoring. • Effluents should not be discharged • Treatment before discharge • Strict law enforcement- regarding drilling in Eco-sensitive zones, dumping of toxic & Hazardous wastes • Minimum developmental activities on shore
  13. Air pollution is the introduction of chemicals, particulate matter, or biological materials that cause harm or discomfort to humans or other living organisms, or cause damage to the natural environment or built environment, into the atmosphere A substance in the air that can cause harm to humans and the environment is known as an air pollutant
  15. CLASSIFICATION OF AIR POLLUTANTS • Air pollutants may be particulate or gaseous. On the basis of origin they are divided as • Primary pollutants ---- Are emitted directly from the point source. e.g. : CO, NO2 , SO2 • Secondary pollutants ---- formed by interaction of primary pollutants e.g. : PAN, Smog, Ozone etc.
  16. CONTROL OF AIR POLLUTION • Proper air pollution control devices in industries • Using low sulphur coal • Regular engine tune up, replacement of old more polluting vehicles • Using mass transport system, bicycles etc • Shifting to less polluting fuels • Planting more trees
  18. Land pollution is the demolition of Earth's land surfaces often caused by human activities and their misuse of land resources. It occurs when waste is not disposed properly. Urbanization and industrialization are major causes of land pollution. DEFINITION OF LAND POLLUTION
  19. SOURCES OF LAND POLLUTION • Construction • Agriculture • Domestic waste • Industrial Waste
  20. CONSTRUCTION • Buildings take up resources and land, the trees are chopped down and used to make buildings. • Takes away the places for animals and other organisms to live.
  21. AGRICULTURE As there are more and more people inhabiting the earth, food is in higher demand and so forests are chopped down and turned into farmland In addition, herbicides, pesticides, artificial fertilizers, animal manure are washed into the soil and pollute it.
  22. DOMESTIC WASTE Tons of domestic waste is dumped every day. Some waste from homes, offices and industries can be recycled or burnt in incinerators . There is still a lot of garbage, such as refrigerators and washing machines that are dumped in landfills simply because they cannot be reused in anyway, nor recycled
  23. INDUSTRIAL WASTE • Plastics factories, chemical plants, oil refineries, nuclear waste disposal activity, large animal farms, coal-fired power plants, metals production factories and other heavy industry all contribute to land pollution.
  24. EFFECTS OF LAND POLLUTION Reduce soil productivity Affects soil flora and fauna Sludge contains worms, bacteria and pathogens. Radioactive wastes enter food chain
  25. PREVENTION FOR LAND POLLUTION More and more land should be brought under farming Trees should be planted everywhere. Waste matter should be disposed immediately Avoid drilling the Land for more underground water. Avoid using more fertilizers and Pesticides.
  27. Noise pollution is excessive, displeasing human, animal, or machine-created environmental noise that disrupts the activity or balance of human or animal life. Sound becomes undesirable when it disturbs the normal activities such as working, sleeping, and during conversations. World Health Organization stated that “Noise must be recognized as a major threat to human well- being”.
  28. SOURCES OF NOISE POLLUTION • Transportation systems are the main source of noise pollution in urban areas. • Construction of buildings, highways, and streets cause a lot of noise, due to the usage of air compressors, bulldozers, loaders, dump trucks, and pavement breakers. • Industrial noise also adds to the already unfavorable state of noise pollution. • Loud speakers, plumbing, boilers, generators, air conditioners, fans, and vacuum cleaners add to the existing noise pollution.
  29. EFFECTS OF NOISE POLLUTION • According to the USEPA, there are direct links between noise and health. Also, noise pollution adversely affects the lives of millions of people. • Noise pollution can damage physiological and psychological health. • High blood pressure, stress related illness, sleep disruption, hearing loss, and productivity loss are the problems related to noise pollution. • It can also cause memory loss, severe depression, and panic attacks.
  30. SOLUTIONS FOR NOISE POLLUTION Planting bushes and trees in and around sound generating sources is an effective solution for noise pollution. Regular servicing and tuning of automobiles can effectively reduce the noise pollution Social awareness programs should be taken up to educate the public about the causes and effects of noise pollution. Workers should be provided with equipments such as ear plugs and earmuffs for hearing protection. Factories and industries should be located far from the residential areas.
  31. WAYS TO STOP POLLUTION We believe that it is the responsible thing to do to increase recycling. It is just like doing laundry and separating blacks and colors. The residents of the country should also try and do their part and put in at least one day of litter picking up.
  32. CONCLUSION Environmental pollution is causing a lot of distress not only humans but also animals, driving many animal species to endangerment and even extinction. Everything on our planet is interconnected, and while the nature supplies us with valuable environmental service without which we cant exist, we all depend on each others actions and the way we treat natural resources. It is the responsibility of everyone to protect our environment. Let us fulfil our responsibilities in creating a quality ecological environment and sharing wonderful green living together.