Pollution and the Diminishing Quality of Life

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In today's world pollution is everywhere. There are three common types of pollutions that effect human in a more than negative way causing a change in the approach on life. They are air pollution, water pollution and soil pollution. The immediate and direct harm caused to the human body is often over shadowed. While many are aware that our careless use of hazardous chemicals and fossil fuels may leave the planet uninhabitable in the future, most over look the fact that they are also cause real damage to our bodies at this moment.

Some pollutants cause damage to our respiratory system through air pollution, leading to the instability of the life span of an individual depending on a number of conditions. Amongst these conditions are the individual's specific geographic location, age, and life style. The air pollutants that harm our respiratory system are known as particulates. Particulates are the small solid particles that you can see through a ray of sunlight.

They are products of incomplete combustion in engines, road dust, and wood smoke. The process by which these pollutants harm our bodies begins by simply taking a breath. Particulates are every where, in some areas they are as dense as 100,000 per milliliter of air. The damage begins when the particulates are inhaled into the small air sacs of our lungs called alveoli. With densities such as 100,000 per milliliter a single alveolus may receive 1,500 particulates per day. These particulates cause the inflammation of the alveoli; this causes the body to produce agents in the blood that in crease clotting ability, which leads to the decreased functionality of the cardiovascular system, resulting in diseases and increased mortality. Particulates accumulate on the mucous linings of the airways and lungs and impair their functioning. Continued exposure to particulates damages the...