POLLUTION: Don’t WASTE the EARTH

Posted: November 8, 2009 in Environment
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Pollution is a serious problem worldwide. The Earth which used to abundantly provide human everything it needs, has been turned into a biggest dumping ground for all sorts of rubbish.

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assorted rubbish

The environment is becoming so filthy that some areas are no longer in shape to provide what they intend to do.  That’s the cost of technological advancement, at the expense of the earth’s health. Presently, human activities around the world have contributed the highest volume of waste than at any other time in history. Different types of garbage affect diverse component of the Earth such as water, land, and air. Science prove that pollution happens when gas and chemical wastes, and other environmentally toxic materials are not properly disposed or decomposed.  Burning fuels like oil and gas is one of the biggest sources of pollution.  These in turn caused the world to experience climatic change. Climate change brought about by global warming has let itself known through different natural calamities around the world.

Everyone has contributed to the mountain of rubbish worldwide.  In fact, every individual in the UK generates more than half a tonne of household waste per annum ( according to the compilation of Russel Ash).  And where does this garbage go? Mainly, they go under the ground in massive landfills.  But most of these don’t decompose for decades causing the Earth accumulate more and more each year, and eventually become a waste itself.  Frustrating as it maybe, but time can’t be turned back. People just have to look forward with a commitment to help reduce garbage.

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refuse bin(dard green), and recycle bin (light green) provided by Rochdale Council, Manchester,UK

Some Important Facts on Waste

Length of Time to Decompose

Cotton Rags (1 -5 months)

Paper (2-5 months)

Fruit peels  (up to 6 months)

Socks (1-5 years)

Cigarette butt (1-12 yrs)

Plastic bags (1-2 decades)

Photo films (2-3 decades)

Fiber clothes, nylon (3-4 decades)

Tin cans (50-100 years)

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