People complain about pollution from factories, cars, global warming, and the melting of polar ice caps, yet many people disregard the dangerous that come with fracking. Fracking is the process of injecting liquid at high pressure into subterranean rocks, and/or boreholes to force open existing fissures and extract oil or gas. Fracking is causing an epidemic economically and environmentally. Fracking is continuously destroying the earth day by day. From the endless fracking today’s economy is depleting.
The Catawba River and Pollution The majority of avid paddlers, especially those of us near the U.S. National Whitewater Center here in Charlotte, know that the water quality of the Catawba River is considered “sketchy.” We have grown used to seeing the occasional, inexplicably dead catfish along the river banks and do not seem to question it anymore. What we don’t always realize is that the water quality is much worse than we had originally thought. For example, untreated sewage spills and line leaks from new developments along the river end up contaminating the nearby water, and therefore affect everything downriver from the sites. These contaminants are not even the most severe issue. The most pressing issue on the topic of Catawba contamination
WHEN WATER KILLS Factory farming is the mass production of farm produce that is aimed at providing food at larger scale to consumers. This monstrous size of operations includes; crops, livestock, poultry, etc. Factory farm is a highly controversial topic between animal rights advocates, environmentalists, farmers and corporations. The effects of this practice, both positive and negative, extend to everyone. The operations have raised troubling questions about water quality and threat to public health.
The impact of high levels of lead in public water sources is an ongoing crisis by the works of the environmental organizations who oversee specific laws and regulations for public water supply. I have put myself in the shoes of those families affected by the Flint crisis, and only feel heartbreak. The severe consequence of lead poising is something no human being should have to experience. Analyzing environmental racism in Flint opened my eyes to the cruel world we live in, where the health of the general population no longer matters when you are not an upper/middle class white citizen. I truly hope that by bringing this form of racism into light, people may see what occurs in predominantly black neighborhoods, like Flint.
The Green Revolution had numerous harmful, environmental effects, such as reducing genetic diversity, food crop availability and soil fertility while increasing pest vulnerability, soil erosion, water shortages, and soil contamination, all these things leading to crop failure and conflicts over water resources (doc#8). Dr. Vandana Shiva is an Indian physicist who indignantly condemns the Green Revolution in an environmental magazine. She declares, in a pejorative tone, that the Green Revolution has caused crop failure and conflicts over water resources, damaging the environment so much that agricultural success is almost impossible. The Green Revolution included the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and synthetic herbicides that damaged the environment, causing soil erosion and possible pollution in water and soil supplies. This caused shortages in water resources, since irrigation was highly needed for the environmental issues the new technologies caused.
According to Nicholas Kristof author of “Cleaning the Henhouse” one of the main problems within industrial agriculture is that it is harmful to all human beings. The prime example that Nicholas gives is the increasing rate of salmonella outbreaks in the United States. Salmonella outbreaks are due to the improper care of hens from what they’re being fed down to the environment they’re kept in. Kristof finds it important to respond to this epidemic because it has a direct impact on human health. In addition to identifying a national problem he goes on to propose that the most effective solution would be to ban the usage of cages in chicken farming.
Man has destroyed nature for the betterment of himself. He has created pesticides, cut down numerous forests, and polluted the air and waterways. All of these choices were to better man’s luxurious life. However, these choices have consequences. Nature is dying because it can’t adapt fast enough to what man is doing.
The property of earlier settlers had been extensively damaged during this construction. Advocates of the canal promised that it would bring a surplus of business to the “door of every man”, but it in fact derailed any marketable value that their property may have had. The expected completion date of the canal was incorrect, and frequently had to be pushed back. As a result, the government took it upon themselves to damage property that belonged to citizens living along the route from Buffalo to Albany. This offered insight into what the everyday average person thought about this the Erie Canal, and how it effected their lives.
This means that as we destroy these plants, we destroy the potential to cure life-threatening illnesses and diseases. Deforestation comes in many forms. It is cleared by chainsaws, bulldozers and unsustainable logging for its timber value as well as fires and degradation due to climate change. This is followed by farming and ranching operations. Increasing proportions of deforestation is because of industrial activities and large scale agriculture.
Sterilization, on the other hand, kills all microbial life. In general, since many of the cleaning solutions and disinfectants are harmful to the environment and to janitorial staff and other employees, efforts to go green where possible are applauded, but disinfectant is necessary in certain circumstances to fully sterilize the environment. In general, the higher the risk of infection, the more stringent the disinfectant required. Importantly, all disinfectants used in a healthcare setting must be registered with the EPA. Critical and Semi-Critical Items The first two categories encompass most medical tools and instruments that come into contact with the patients, particularly those in labs, operating rooms and acute care settings.