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Did you know that pollution is the world’s biggest killer? It may not seem like such a big deal, especially in developed countries. But all around the world, millions of people experience the effects of pollution on environments and ecosystems firsthand. Pollution occurs when solid waste, hazardous chemicals, toxic gases, or other substances enter the environment and cause either long term or short term damage. Even areas that don’t look like they are heavily polluted can cause major problems for the people who live there.

In the fight against pollution, it is crucial to stay knowledgeable about exactly what pollution does to the Earth. Here are some of the effects of pollution on environmental systems — on our land and in our air and water:

Land Pollution
Pollution on land is fairly straightforward: for the most part, this includes any type of solid waste that collects on land. These items can be anything from plastic waste, such as water bottle pollution, to electronic waste that has been purposefully dumped in a landfill or other location. The effects of littering are numerous: this act costs taxpayers money in cleanup efforts, and significant amounts of litter can also reduce property values. Fighting litter and other forms of land pollution is possible, however, by participating in recycling efforts, including electronics recycling for all computers, TVs, cell phones, and other devices.

Water Pollution
Water pollution occurs when any harmful substance or solid waste enters waterways, storm drains, or bodies of water. Sometimes the items that pollute water include solid items; plastic bottles are the biggest pollution in water and in the Pacific Ocean specifically, leading to adverse effects on wildlife. Water pollution can also occur if chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, and other hazardous substances seep into groundwater supplies. This can adversely affect drinking water and lead to disease and drought if left unchecked. It is important for everyone to be aware of the effects of pollution on environments related to water in order to keep everyone safe and healthy.

Air Pollution
Most people know about air pollution as the result of fossil fuels entering the atmosphere. This is often the result of the exhaust from cars, trucks, planes, and other vehicles. However, air pollution also occurs when factories, chemical plants, and other businesses send smoke and other substances directly into the air. In addition to keeping these large industries in check, the average person can help contribute to less air pollution by driving less and using public transportation.

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