The paper "Towards a Clean Tomorrow" is an outstanding example of a finance and accounting essay. Imagine a black, soot-covered world, devoid of trees, plants, and butterflies. How would it be, wake up every morning to the clanking of metal and machine, instead of the sweet chirping of birds and buzzing of busy bees? What would it be like to drink somewhat murky, contaminated liquid, when all you thirst for is, just a glass of pure water? These are already hard realities in many parts of the world; caused by careless exploitation of natural resources and rampant increase in pollution in our environment.
So what is pollution? How does it bring about the aforementioned effects in our environment? This brief essay shall explore what is meant by pollution, the different types, what causes them and how they can be minimized. Pollution – Plentiful Variety A detailed definition of what exactly constitutes pollution has been given by OECD (1974) as “ Pollution means the introduction by man, directly or indirectly, of substances or energy into the environment, resulting in deleterious effects of such a nature as to endanger human health, harm living resources and ecosystems, and impair or interfere with amenities and other legitimate uses of the environment” (cited in Peiry 2).
In simple terms, contaminating natural resources like water, soil, air and changing their natural composition resulting in harmful effects to life and life forms, constitutes pollution. Pollution can be in different forms, namely, Air Pollution, Water Pollution, Soil Pollution, Noise Pollution, Thermal Pollution, and Radioactive Pollution. Some of them cause permanent damage to the ecology of the place. Air Pollution Air is the immediate portion of the atmosphere that envelops us and provides us with life-giving oxygen.
Air also contains other natural gases such as nitrogen, carbon dioxide, hydrogen, some inert gases and water vapor. The carbon cycle and nitrogen cycle are two important ways through which the balance in the gaseous elements of air is maintained.
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