Personal Interest: I feel that researching both air and water pollution is the ideal topic for me because it sincerely interests me. I have always had a special interest towards environmental issues, and sciences. I am very passionate about issues such as global warming, and I have done many research projects regarding similar topics. For example, I researched the detrimental effects of deforestation in Madagascar for my Africa research project in eighth grade. All in all, I am just drawn to environmental issues and love to research solutions to them.
Finding a Solution to Pollution: With the problem of air and water pollution increasing, it is time for everyone to act and find solutions to it. Sometimes it feels like as an individual, making small steps to combat pollution are not even making an impact. It is true, pollution is terrible currently because of big time polluters that the average person is not responsible for. The big polluters I mentioned are commonly coal plants, which discard millions of toxic air pollutants. These coal plants pollute nearly as much as Hong Kong or Sweden (Hopkinsemail, Jamie Smith). Regardless of how much they pollute, there are many simple steps that you can take to prevent pollution. We can each help prevent pollution as a whole by following several simple steps. First, in order to combat water pollution, its crucial that you do not dispose of chemical waste down your sink because this can cause a cycle of that waste being spread out. Instead, go to your local waste management place to dispose of it properly. Next, it is recommended that you control leaks on your property. Although a small leak from your car may seem insignificant, it’s crucial that these chemicals are contained before they enter another body of water, (Erosion Pollution). Drain guards greatly help protect litter and trash from going into storm drains. Storm drains are only for rain water, and usually runs from the storm drains into lakes and rivers (Erosion Pollution). There is also lots you can do to prevent air pollution. First is to try and use your car as little as possible, because exhaust is responsible for lots of air pollution. The carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides that vehicles emit are responsible for more than half of the total amount of pollution in the U.S. By riding a bike, using public transportation, or sharing a ride to work you are actually helping (Actions You Can Take That Are Actually Helping). A more recent solution to pollution has been the introduction of electric cars and vehicles. Electric vehicles are great, because of how little they emit on their own. Many electric cars advertise they have ‘zero emissions,’ which is awesome. The less cars pollute, the better. Right? Actually, thats not always true. “Your battery powered vehicle is only as green as your electricity supplier,” (Biello, David). Although the physical car might not emit much or anything, the energy provider will. The power plants that provide the energy for electric cars to drive The same power plants that generate energy are responsible for ‘the single-largest source of greenhouse gas pollution in the U.S., at two billion metric tons of CO2 per year’ (Biello, David). Electric cars are definitely a set in the right direction and technically a solution, although they are a controversial one nonetheless.
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