Through urbanization, modernization, and global energy demands, people abuse the natural environment for the advancement of the human race. Most humans utilize the environment for their benefit only and lack the decency to show respect or concern for their surroundings. Duke Energy, one of the largest energy suppliers in the United States, serves as the major energy source, substantial employer, and economic contributor for North Carolina. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Duke Energy provides power to approximately 7.5 million customers throughout the Southeast and Midwest (“Duke Energy”). However, Duke Energy’s coal ash waste ponds are creating disastrous environmental effects (“Coal Ash Contaminates”).
However, even knowing all of these horrible things the PCB 's were capable of Monsanto continued to sell them. Today almost fifty years later from when PCBs were banned Monsanto is facing hundreds of millions of dollars in lawsuits from across the country. One of the cities that is suing Monsanto is Portland, Oregon for the company’s poor ethical decisions. The Willamette river that flows through Portland has been contaminated with PCBs which had appropriated through the Portland Harbor. The Mayor of Portland stated that the entire city had spent well over one billion dollars trying to decontaminate the harbor and river of the PCBs.
Food waste is an expensive drain on the economy and extremely harmful to the environment, and it is one of the largest waste-related challenges facing us, according to California’s Against Waste website. More than a third of all of the food that’s produced never makes it to a person’s table. It is either spoiled on it’s way or it is thrown away when people buy too much and they get rid of the extras. In California itself, nearly 6 million tons of food is throwing out in the waste. Most of the food waste gets thrown out in the landfills, creating Methane, a strong greenhouse gas.
Many of those companies do not provide tight environmental regulations for their factories, causing issues in the atmosphere around the factory where the goods are being made. Some of the most commonly used companies are the guiltiest when it comes to tearing down the environment we live in. One of the largest energy providers in the world, Progress Energy, is ranked as the twelfth worst company for the environment. But, they give customers to buy carbon offsets from them to try and improve the amount of emissions they are putting out into the world. Ranked number one is the coal using giant, Peabody Energy.
(“7 million,” 2014, para. 7). Air pollution is mainly common in developing countries from the extensive amount of industrialization and urbanization that is taking place. Poorer countries and communities cannot afford the ability to protect themselves, which is why there is so much suffering in these communities. In China alone, life expectancies are about 5.5 years lower than the United States because of the cardiovascular and respiratory mortality (Chen, Eventstin, Greenstone, & Li, 2013, para.
Frontline: A Dangerous Company Reaction The Frontline Documentary A Dangerous Company details the extreme negligence of McWane Incorporated in regards to work place safety and environmental violations. McWane Incorporated is one of the largest manufacturers of iron pipes in North America, and has over twenty foundries in the United States alone. The documentary investigated some of the worst offending foundries of the company, including the Tyler, Texas foundry, and a factory in Birmingham, Alabama. The investigation relied heavily on first hand interviews with both former and current employees of the factories, as well as extensive files collected by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency. The documentary, along with an article by The New York Times, is credited with bringing the violations to the attention of the Justice department.
One of the largest problems with the growth of corporate power across the United States was that monopolies were beginning to be formed around entire industries, allowing for one parent company to control the price that consumers would have to play for all products that they controlled, resulting in the American people having to pay preposterous prices for products such as gas. Safety standards and regulations were practically nonexistent during this time, with companies allowing for things such as child labor, along with frequent deaths of employees who had to work closely with dangerous and faulty machinery. Costs were cut on basic safety processions such as fire escapes, resulting in deaths of thousands of workers in different factory fires across the country, one of the most famous of which was the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, resulting in the deaths of 146 female employees who had been locked in the building during work hours to increase productivity. Accidents such as this is what triggered the creations of labor groups and unions including the Knights of Labor and the American Federation of Labor to protest injustices such as the safety violations of workers, the poor treatment of workers, and
Government settle some hazardous facilities, such as incinerators, landfill, and some wastes sites in the areas where poor and minority located. “One of the landmark events in the development of the environmental justice movement in the U.S. was the 1982 battle over the siting of a hazardous waste landfill in Warren County, North Carolina.12 Warren County was one of the poorest counties in the state, and had the highest percentage of black residents; Afton, the community chosen for the landfill, was over 84 percent black. Despite low incomes, an exceptionally large percentage of residents in this area owned their own homes” (Massey, 5). According to this report, there was tens thousands of cubic yards of soil that was contaminated by PCBs. More importantly, the landfill was located above the water table only five to ten feet.
While action needs to be taken to reduce the runoff made directly by humans, some of the largest contributors to this sickening problem are factory farms. In their book, Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret, Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn write, “Every year, 1.37 billion tons of solid animal waste is produced in the United States- 130 times more than the amount produced by humans; 5 tons of animal excrement is produced for every person... It’s not only sewage and manure that run into the oceans from animal agriculture. There are also herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, chemical fertilizer, as well as the residues of antibiotics, growth hormones, steroids, and other feed additives. The glut of phosphorous and nitrogen in animal excrement causes algal blooms, including red tides, and population explosions in single-celled, potentially toxic microorganisms such as Pfiesteria piscicida.” (101;103) Animal agriculture floods our waterways with tons of
Water is the most important component found on the surface of the earth because it is source of life for living creatures. However, water pollution has become a global concern. Water pollution can have several forms from diverse sources. It is expected that there will be a lack of clean water in next few decades due to pollution. Nile river water in Egypt is the focus of attention of many studies due to many reasons.