70% responsible for dumping millions of tons of toxic

70%
of the earth is covered in water, it is one of our greatest resources.  When
we take advantage of our lakes, ponds, oceans, rivers, reservoirs etc. and
start abusing it, it’s water pollution. Pollution of water occurs when substances that will change the
water in negative way are thrown in it. Water pollution is leading us in a
path of destruction. While the most common water
pollution diseases involve poisoning, it affects the digestive
system or it causes human infectious diseases, water pollution may cause a
large variety of health diseases including: an Economist
report (dated 2008) each day over 1000 children die of diarrheal sickness in
India and the numbers have only increased in the last five years, Infectious diseases
caused by pathogens, Diseases caused by polluted
beach water and more. Researchers
first found the floating islands of plastic and other trash more than 20 years
ago. Plastic has also been found in the stomachs of diverse marine life,
including fish, whales, birds, and turtles. Many of these animals have been
found washed up dead on the beach as a result of so much pollution. A study
published in PLOS ONE estimates the global amount of ocean plastic that is based
on data collected during 24 expeditions from 2007 to 2013 along with information
from visual survey transects, the researchers model predicted that the oceans
contain “a minimum of 5.25 trillion particles weighing 268,940 tons.” The
largest source of ocean plastic comes from discarded fishing nets and buoys and
that’s where the consumption and struggle comes for the marine animals who do
not know the difference between what they really eat and plastic. Power plants
use more water than all other industries combined, mostly they use it for
cooling systems but it is also for controlling pollution from smokestacks and
disposing of toxic coal ash. As a result from all of this, the coal-fired power
plants are also some of the biggest sources of water pollution along with the
rest in the country, they are responsible for dumping millions of tons of toxic
chemicals into waterways, raising water temperatures, and killing billions of
fish. According to a Cornell University study, water pollution accounts for 80%
of all infectious diseases. According to the same study, unsanitary living
conditions account for more than 5 million deaths a year. Increased demand for groundwater
has resulted in a decline in groundwater levels in many places over the past 60
years. This rapid loss has caused numerous environmental harms to streams,
wetlands, and the animals which depend on healthy ecosystems.Our waters
need protection and humans need to start to make change to fix water pollution.
The NRDC insists the federal government to protect all U.S. waters under the
Clean Water Act. The clean water act protects about 60 percent of the nation’s
bodies of water, they also fight for policies and practices that can ensure a
safe and sufficient water supply through efficiency, pollution controls, better
management, and infrastructure improvements, there are so many like this trying
to stop this excessive pollution and save our biggest resource. We humans need
to make more of an effort to save our environment, it is affecting us and our
lives. According to the US-EPA, “emissions from power plants contribute to over
2,800 lung cancer deaths and 38,200 heart attacks annually in the US. The risk
of cancer from breathing diesel gas is about ten times more than ingesting all
other toxic air pollutants combined, with diesel emissions contributing to over
70% of the cancer risk from air pollution in the USA.” We
need a call to action to end water pollution, millions of people, and animals
are dying all around the world because of the contamination of our waters.
Together as the people we are stronger we have a bright future for our world
ahead of us if we take action of our country.                

 

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