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POLLUTION OF AIR AND WATER. Paheli and Boojho were very excited to hear the news that Taj. Mahal in Agra is now one of the seven wonders of the world. This paper estimates the global damage costs of air pollution over a year time to , focusing exclusively on air pollution of anthropogenic origin. Air Pollution: • what it means for your health. • the public information service. Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs in partnership with the.

Air pollution is a major environmental risk to health. Available in all WHO languages. WHO, in partnership with the Climate and Clean Air Coalition and UN Environment, is leading a global campaign to raise public awareness of the impact of air pollution on our health. Air pollution causes 1. AirPollution causes 2. AirPollution causes 1. Air pollution kills nearly 7 million annually. That's about 20, people each and every day! Together we can cut this by half. In low-income countries, pollution levels are higher than those in high-income countries. But they are making great progress. What is the big picture?

Therefore, air pollution means the undesirable presence of impurities or the abnormal rise in the proportion of some constituents of the atmosphere. It can be classified in 2 sections: visible and invisible air pollution. Local this concerns the quality of ambient air within a radius of a few kilometers Regional pollution like acid rain, photochemical reactions and degradation of water quality at distances of a few kilometers to a thousand kilometers Global depletion of the ozone layer and global warming caused by the emission of greenhouse gases, mainly carbon dioxide CO2 Photo by Kevin Lee on Unsplash Causes Air pollution causes Air pollution is caused by the presence in the atmosphere of toxic substances, mainly produced by human activities, even though sometimes it can result from natural phenomena such as volcanic eruptions, dust storms and wildfires, also depleting the air quality.

Anthropogenic air pollution sources are: 1. Combustion of fossil fuels, like coal and oil for electricity and road transport, producing air pollutants like nitrogen and sulfur dioxide 2.

Emissions from industries and factories, releasing large amount of carbon monoxide, hydrocarbon, chemicals and organic compounds into the air 3. Waste from petrochemical manufacturing plants contains suspended solids, oils and grease, phenols, and benzene. Solid waste generated by petrochemical processes contains spent caustic and other hazardous chemicals implicated in cancer. Another major source of industrial water pollution is mining.

The grinding of ores and the subsequent processing with water lead to discharges of fine silt with toxic metals into waterways unless proper precautions are taken, such as the use of sedimentation ponds. Lead and zinc ores usually contain the much more toxic cadmium as a minor component. If the cadmium is not retrieved, major water pollution can occur. Mining was the source of most of the widespread cadmium poisoning Itai-Itai disease in Japan in —50 Kjellstrom Other metals, such as copper, nickel, and chromium, are essential micronutrients, but in high levels these metals can be harmful to health.

Wastewater from mines or stainless steel production can be a source of exposure to these metals. The presence of copper in water can also be due to corrosion of drinking water pipes. Soft water or low pH makes corrosion more likely. High levels of copper may make water appear bluish green and give it a metallic taste. Flushing the first water out of the tap can minimize exposure to copper.

The use of lead pipes and plumbing fixtures may result in high levels of lead in piped water. Mercury can enter waterways from mining and industrial premises. Incineration of medical waste containing broken medical equipment is a source of environmental contamination with mercury.

Metallic mercury is also easily transported through the atmosphere because of its highly volatile nature. Sulfate-reducing bacteria and certain other micro-organisms in lake, river, or coastal underwater sediments can methylate mercury, increasing its toxicity. Methylmercury accumulates and concentrates in the food chain and can lead to serious neurological disease or more subtle functional damage to the nervous system Murata and others Runoff from farmland, in addition to carrying soil and sediments that contribute to increased turbidity, also carries nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphates, which are often added in the form of animal manure or fertilizers.

These chemicals cause eutrophication excessive nutrient levels in water , which increases the growth of algae and plants in waterways, leading to an increase in cyanobacteria blue-green algae. The toxics released during their decay are harmful to humans. The use of nitrogen fertilizers can be a problem in areas where agriculture is becoming increasingly intensified. These fertilizers increase the concentration of nitrates in groundwater, leading to high nitrate levels in underground drinking water sources, which can cause methemoglobinemia, the life-threatening "blue baby" syndrome, in very young children, which is a significant problem in parts of rural Eastern Europe Yassi and others Some pesticides are applied directly on soil to kill pests in the soil or on the ground.

This practice can create seepage to groundwater or runoff to surface waters. Some pesticides are applied to plants by spraying from a distance—even from airplanes. This practice can create spray drift when the wind carries the materials to nearby waterways. Efforts to reduce the use of the most toxic and long-lasting pesticides in industrial countries have largely been successful, but the rules for their use in developing countries may be more permissive, and the rules of application may not be known or enforced.

Hence, health risks from pesticide water pollution are higher in such countries WHO Naturally occurring toxic chemicals can also contaminate groundwater, such as the high metal concentrations in underground water sources in mining areas.

The most extensive problem of this type is the arsenic contamination of groundwater in Argentina, Bangladesh box Fluoride is another substance that may occur naturally at high concentrations in parts of China, India, Sri Lanka, Africa, and the eastern Mediterranean. Although fluoride helps prevent dental decay, exposure to levels greater than 1. Exposure to levels greater than 10 milligrams per liter can cause crippling skeletal fluorosis Smith The presence of arsenic in tube wells in Bangladesh because of natural contamination from underground geological layers was first confirmed in Ironically, the United Nations Children's Fund had introduced the wells in the more Water disinfection using chemicals is another source of chemical contamination of water.

Chlorination is currently the most widely practiced and most cost-effective method of disinfecting large community water supplies. This success in disinfecting water supplies has contributed significantly to public health by reducing the transmission of waterborne disease. However, chlorine reacts with naturally occurring organic matter in water to form potentially toxic chemical compounds, known collectively as disinfection by-products International Agency for Research on Cancer Exposure to Chemical Water Pollution Drinking contaminated water is the most direct route of exposure to pollutants in water.

The actual exposure via drinking water depends on the amount of water consumed, usually 2 to 3 liters per day for an adult, with higher amounts for people living in hot areas or people engaged in heavy physical work. Use of contaminated water in food preparation can result in contaminated food, because high cooking temperatures do not affect the toxicity of most chemical contaminants.

Inhalation exposure to volatile compounds during hot showers and skin exposure while bathing or using water for recreation are also potential routes of exposure to water pollutants. Toxic chemicals in water can affect unborn or young children by crossing the placenta or being ingested through breast milk.

Estimating actual exposure via water involves analyzing the level of the contaminant in the water consumed and assessing daily water intake WHO Biological monitoring using blood or urine samples can be a precise tool for measuring total exposure from water, food, and air Yassi and others Health Effects No published estimates are available of the global burden of disease resulting from the overall effects of chemical pollutants in water. The burden in specific local areas may be large, as in the example cited in box Other examples of a high local burden of disease are the nervous system diseases of methylmercury poisoning Minamata disease , the kidney and bone diseases of chronic cadmium poisoning Itai-Itai disease , and the circulatory system diseases of nitrate exposure methemoglobinemia and lead exposure anemia and hypertension.

Acute exposure to contaminants in drinking water can cause irritation or inflammation of the eyes and nose, skin, and gastrointestinal system; however, the most important health effects are due to chronic exposure for example, liver toxicity to copper, arsenic, or chromium in drinking water.

Excretion of chemicals through the kidney targets the kidney for toxic effects, as seen with chemicals such as cadmium, copper, mercury, and chlorobenzene WHO Pesticides and other chemical contaminants that enter waterways through agricultural runoff, stormwater drains, and industrial discharges may persist in the environment for long periods and be transported by water or air over long distances.

They may disrupt the function of the endocrine system, resulting in reproductive, developmental, and behavioral problems. The endocrine disruptors can reduce fertility and increase the occurrence of stillbirths, birth defects, and hormonally dependent cancers such as breast, testicular, and prostate cancers.

The effects on the developing nervous system can include impaired mental and psychomotor development, as well as cognitive impairment and behavior abnormalities WHO and International Programme on Chemical Safety Examples of endocrine disruptors include organochlorines, PCBs, alkylphenols, phytoestrogens natural estrogens in plants , and pharmaceuticals such as antibiotics and synthetic sex hormones from contraceptives.

Chemicals in drinking water can also be carcinogenic. Disinfection by-products and arsenic have been a particular concern International Agency for Research on Cancer Interventions The variety of hazardous pollutants that can occur in air or water also leads to many different interventions.

Interventions pertaining to environmental hazards are often more sustainable if they address the driving forces behind the pollution at the community level rather than attempt to deal with specific exposures at the individual level. In addition, effective methods to prevent exposure to chemical hazards in the air or water may not exist at the individual level, and the only feasible individual-level intervention may be treating cases of illness.

Figure Some would label interventions at the driving force level as policy instruments. These include legal restrictions on the use of a toxic substance, such as banning the use of lead in gasoline, or community-level policies, such as boosting public transportation and reducing individual use of motor vehicles.

Interventions at the level of the state of the environment would include air quality monitoring linked to local actions to reduce pollution during especially polluted periods for example, banning vehicle use when pollution levels reach predetermined thresholds.

Interventions at the exposure level include using household water filters to reduce arsenic in drinking water as done in Bangladesh. Finally, interventions at the effect level would include actions by health services to protect or restore the health of people already showing signs of an adverse effect.

Interventions to Reduce Air Pollution Reducing air pollution exposure is largely a technical issue.

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Technologies to reduce pollution at its source are plentiful, as are technologies that reduce pollution by filtering it away from the emission source end-of-pipe solutions; see, for example, Gwilliam, Kojima, and Johnson Getting these technologies applied in practice requires government or corporate policies that guide technical decision making in the right direction.

Such policies could involve outright bans such as requiring lead-free gasoline or asbestos-free vehicle brake linings or building materials ; guidance on desirable technologies for example, providing best-practice manuals ; or economic instruments that make using more polluting technologies more expensive than using less polluting technologies an example of the polluter pays principle.

Examples of technologies to reduce air pollution include the use of lead-free gasoline, which allows the use of catalytic converters on vehicles' exhaust systems. Such technologies significantly reduce the emissions of several air pollutants from vehicles box For trucks, buses, and an increasing number of smaller vehicles that use diesel fuel, improving the quality of the diesel itself by lowering its sulfur content is another way to reduce air pollution at the source.

More fuel-efficient vehicles, such as hybrid gas-electric vehicles, are another way forward. These vehicles can reduce gasoline consumption by about 50 percent during city driving. Policies that reduce "unnecessary" driving, or traffic demand management, can also reduce air pollution in urban areas. A system of congestion fees, in which drivers have to pay before entering central urban areas, was introduced in Singapore, Oslo, and London and has been effective in this respect.

Mexico City is one of the world's largest megacities, with nearly 20 million inhabitants. Local authorities have acknowledged its air quality problems since the s.

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The emissions from several million motor vehicles more Power plants and industrial plants that burn fossil fuels use a variety of filtering methods to reduce particles and scrubbing methods to reduce gases, although no effective method is currently available for the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide.

High chimneys dilute pollutants, but the combined input of pollutants from a number of smokestacks can still lead to an overload of pollutants.

Large combined emissions from industry and power stations in the eastern United States drift north with the winds and cause damage to Canadian ecosystems.

In Europe, emissions from the industrial belt across Belgium, Germany, and Poland drift north to Sweden and have damaged many lakes there. The convergence of air pollutants from many sources and the associated health effects have also been documented in relation to the multiple fires in Indonesia's rain forest in Brauer and Hisham-Hashim ; the brown cloud over large areas of Asia, which is mainly related to coal burning; and a similar brown cloud over central Europe in the summer, which is caused primarily by vehicle emissions.

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Managing air pollution interventions involves monitoring air quality, which may focus on exceedances of air quality guidelines in specific hotspots or on attempts to establish a specific population's average exposure to pollution.

Sophisticated modeling in combination with monitoring has made it possible to start producing detailed estimates and maps of air pollution levels in key urban areas World Bank , thus providing a powerful tool for assessing current health impacts and estimated changes in the health impacts brought about by defined air pollution interventions.

Interventions to Reduce Water Pollution Water pollution control requires action at all levels of the hierarchical framework shown in figure The ideal method to abate diffuse chemical pollution of waterways is to minimize or avoid the use of chemicals for industrial, agricultural, and domestic purposes.

Adapting practices such as organic farming and integrated pest management could help protect waterways Scheierling Chemical contamination of waterways from industrial emissions could be reduced by cleaner production processes UNEP International and local experts initiated waste more Other interventions include proper treatment of hazardous waste and recycling of chemical containers and discarded products containing chemicals to reduce solid waste buildup and leaching of toxic chemicals into waterways.

A variety of technical solutions are available to filter out chemical waste from industrial processes or otherwise render them harmless.

Changing the pH of wastewater or adding chemicals that flocculate the toxic chemicals so that they settle in sedimentation ponds are common methods. The same principle can be used at the individual household level. One example is the use of iron chips to filter out arsenic from contaminated well water in Bangladeshi households Kinniburgh and Smedley Intervention Costs and Cost-Effectiveness This chapter cannot follow the detailed format for the economic analysis of different preventive interventions devised for the disease-specific chapters, because the exposures, health effects, and interventions are too varied and because of the lack of overarching examples of economic assessments.

Nevertheless, it does present a few examples of the types of analyses available. Comparison of Interventions A review of more than 1, reports on cost per life year saved in the United States for interventions in the environment and other fields table The net costs included only direct costs and savings. Indirect costs, such as forgone earnings, were excluded. Future costs and life years saved were discounted at 5 percent per year.

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