WHAT DO WE WANT TO DO
Our team intends to investigate and recount the different forms and effects of pollution and whether the counter-measures taken both by governments and by the world of business are effective or not.
Our goal is answering the two-folded crucial question: which are the actual causes and consequences of pollution, and to which extent public and private decision-makers are concretely acting to find remedies?
WHY THE PROJECT IS IMPORTANT
Pollution consists in the introduction of man-made or natural contaminants into a natural space, causing harmful impact on both the health and the environment, in particular through the following forms: air pollution; water pollution, soil pollution, radioactive pollution, littering pollution and noise pollution.
Air pollution results from the release into the atmosphere of chemicals and particulates produced by industry, agriculture and motor vehicles.
Water pollution results from the discharge of chemicals associated to agricultural and industrial activities, sewage systems and waste disposal.
Soil contamination results from the release of chemicals by spill or underground leakage.
Radioactive pollution results from nuclear power generation and nuclear weapons-related activities.
Littering pollution results from the illegal throwing of trash onto public and private properties or the wrong management of municipal solid waste.
Noise pollution results from roadway, aircraft and industrial noise.
Air, water and radioactive contamination are the most dangerous forms of pollution. Air pollution can damage or kill many organisms including humans, especially older and young people, causing respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, throat inflammation, chest pain and congestion Water pollution deaths are mostly due to contamination of drinking water by untreated sewage, especially in developing countries. Chemical and radioactive substances can cause cancer and as well as birth defects.
Contaminants also compromise ecosystems, making lands inadequate for agriculture and habitats unsuitable for animal and plant species, thus affecting other organisms through the food chain.