Fossil fuels cause pollution when burned for use and when spilled during transport or mining. Burning fossil fuels is the largest producer of pollution.Know More
Most fossil fuels are burned to turn into energy, and the gasses released into the air by burning, in turn causes air and water pollution. Gases released by the burning and combustion of fossil fuels include carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, sulfur oxides and hydrocarbons. In the air, these gases becomes a carcinogen, which can be inhaled and can also mix with falling rain to form acid rain.
Fossil fuels also become pollutants when spilled during transport. While this is a rare occurrence compared to airborne particulate matter being released when converting fossil fuels to energy, it still has a severe, negative environmental impact when it happens. Spilled fossil fuels, and the brine used in drilling for them, can leach toxins into ground water and soil.
Similar to spills during transportation, mining and drilling accidents are rare, but there have historically been occasions when fossil fuels have leaked into the environment. The diminished water quality near leaks has reportedly caused sickness, and can even cause the death of any people or animals directly exposed to the leaked fossil fuel.Learn more about Pollution
Pollution is a problem because it damages crops, soil, plants and trees, interferes with air travel, gets into the world's lakes, rivers and streams and is harmful to animals and people. Air pollution makes breathing difficult and is the leading cause of acid rain, which damages many things on the planet's surface.Full Answer >
The causes of pollution are excessive use of natural resources, over industrialization, increase in global population and globalization. The use of chemicals, such as pesticides and weedicides, cause soil pollution.Full Answer >
Pollution is mainly a byproduct of human activity. Industrial manufacturing, the use of automobiles, power production, mining and war are all significant sources of environmental pollution.Full Answer >
Pollution can damage trees, plants, crops, lakes and other waterways, oceans, coral reefs, animals and people. This applies to air pollution, pollution through toxic chemicals, litter in the ocean, pollution from pesticides and fertilizers, noise pollution and light pollution.Full Answer >