While, a noticeable population rise triggers climatic changes, pollution of our waterways poses a serious hazard to both humans and the aquatic ecology. For instance, a variety of human activities as well as the emission of greenhouse gases by commercial enterprises, significantly contribute to global warming, an increase in the planet's surface temperature, and a decline in the quality of the atmosphere.
In this post, we will see how climate change is affecting water.
Main causes of water contamination
Point sources and non-point sources are the two main causes of water contamination. Factories, wastewater treatment facilities, septic systems, and other sources that are obviously releasing contaminants into water sources, are considered point sources.
Because, they cannot be linked to a specific location, non-point sources are more challenging to locate. Runoff from farms, fields, construction sites, and mines can include sediment, fertilizer, pesticides, and animal feces. If contaminants seep into nearby water sources from a landfill, it can also be considered a non-point source of pollution.
How is water pollution affecting the climate?
Numerous harmful effects of water pollution on our environment are possible, some of which can worsen climate change and cause new issues.
· Ecosystems under stress
Algae can develop too quickly when there are too many nutrients in the water, which can happen from things like fertilizer runoff. Bacteria can reduce the amount of oxygen in the water when this algae dies, resulting in dead zones where nothing can live.
Additionally, waste that enters ocean waters has the potential to destroy marine life, which consumes it or gets entangled in it. Marine life can potentially be harmed or killed by chemical pollution. As it goes up the food chain, it can build up in sea creatures in greater proportions, eventually impacting humans.
According to some scientists, ocean pollution might potentially trigger a catastrophic extinction.
· Increased climatic change
We may need to clean this increasingly dirty water to make it usable, when water becomes a more limited resource. There may be additional emissions as a result of this procedure, which uses a lot of energy.
Repercussions of water pollution
Poor water quality harms the environment, human health, and the global economy.
1. Biodiversity destruction
Water pollution destroys aquatic ecosystems and causes eutrophication, or the uncontrolled growth of phytoplankton in lakes.
2. Tainting of the food supply
Fishing in contaminated waters and using sewage for agricultural and livestock farming, can contaminate food with toxins that are damaging to our health when consumed.
3. Not enough potable water
According to the UN, millions of people worldwide, especially in rural areas, lack access to sanitary facilities or clean water to drink.
According to WHO, nearly 2 billion people are forced to drink water that has been tainted by faeces, putting them at risk for illnesses including cholera, hepatitis A, and dysentery.
5. Infant death rates
Around 1,000 children globally die from diarrheal infections each day, according to the UN, which are connected to poor hygiene.
Techniques to reduce water contamination must be part of the push for sustainable development.
One technique to promote the prevention of water contamination is through efficient wastewater treatment, before their eventual release. It is also possible to investigate certain corrective climate change mitigation strategies, against water contamination.
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