Pollution Summary

Everything you need to understand or teach Pollution.

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  • 31 Encyclopedia Articles
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Encyclopedia Articles (31)

3,399 words, approx. 12 pages
Pollution Pollution can be defined as a change in the physical, chemical, or biological characteristics of the air, water, soil, or other parts of the environment that adversely affects the health, su... Read more
1,112 words, approx. 4 pages
Pollution Pollution and other environmental impacts have been unwelcome companions in humanity's voyage to space. They shadow all stages of the journey, from manufacturing, to launch, and even ... Read more
898 words, approx. 3 pages
Toxic Pollutants, Measuring The amount of pollution in our environment continues to pose a challenge for industry, business, and decisionmakers. Some of the major chemicals of concern are those that h... Read more
1,003 words, approx. 4 pages
Environmental Pollution Scottish-American naturalist and Sierra Club founder, John Muir (1838–1914), wrote, "When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything ... Read more
240 words, approx. 1 pages
Pollutants The term pollution is derived from the Latin pollutus, which means to be made foul, unclean, or dirty. Pollutants, then, are factors that corrupt, degrade, or make something less valuable o... Read more
1,199 words, approx. 4 pages
Pollution The term pollution is derived from the Latin pollutus, which means to be made foul, unclean, or dirty. Anything that corrupts, degrades or makes something less valuable or desirable can be c... Read more
1,470 words, approx. 5 pages
Pollution Pollution can be defined as unwanted or detrimental changes in a natural system. Usually, pollution is associated with the presence of toxic substances in some large quantity, but pollution ... Read more
961 words, approx. 4 pages
Contamination and Release Prevention Protocol Contamination is the unwanted presence of a microorganism in a particular environment. That environment can be in the laboratory setting, for example, in ... Read more
1,777 words, approx. 6 pages
Contaminated Soil The presence of pollutants in soils at concentrations above background levels that pose a potential health or ecological risk. Soils can be contaminated by many human actions inclu... Read more
528 words, approx. 2 pages
Conventional Pollutant Conventional pollutants fall into five categories; the presence of these pollutants is commonly determined by measuring biochemical oxygen demand, total suspended solids, pH l... Read more
94 words, approx. 1 pages
Criteria Pollutant Criteria pollutants are air pollutants which, at certain levels of exposure, do not threaten human health and meet National Ambient Air Quality Standards. There are two types of sta... Read more
1,807 words, approx. 7 pages
Eastern European Pollution Between 1987 and 1992 the disintegration of Communist governments of Eastern Europe allowed the people and press of countries from the Baltic to the Black Sea to begin rec... Read more
183 words, approx. 1 pages
Emission Release of material into the environment either by natural or human-caused processes. This term is used especially in describing air pollution for volatile or suspended contaminants that resu... Read more
105 words, approx. 1 pages
Noncriteria Pollutant Pollutants for which specific standards or criteria have not been established. Although some air pollutants are known to be toxic or hazardous, they are released in relatively sm... Read more
109 words, approx. 1 pages
Nondegradable Pollutant A pollutant that is not broken down by natural processes. Some nondegradable pollutants, like the heavy metals, create problems because they are toxic and persistent in the env... Read more
148 words, approx. 1 pages
Nonpoint Source A diffuse, scattered source of pollution. Nonpoint sources have no fixed location where they discharge pollutants into the air or water as do chimneys, outfall pipes, or other point so... Read more
1,531 words, approx. 6 pages
Pollution Pollution can be defined as unwanted or detrimental changes in a natural system. Usually, pollution is associated with the presence of toxic chemicals in some large quantity, but pollution... Read more
101 words, approx. 1 pages
Priority Pollutant Under the 1977 amendments to the Clean Water Act, the Environmental Protection Agency is required to compile a list of priority toxic pollutants and to establish toxic pollutant eff... Read more
1,550 words, approx. 6 pages
Transboundary Pollution The most common interpretation of transboundary pollution is that it is pollution not contained by a single nation-state, but rather travels across national borders at varyin... Read more
3,424 words, approx. 12 pages
Pollution Most often used in regard to the natural environment, the term pollute means to make foul or unclean, degrade ecological and/or human health, contaminate or defile, and, in a religious sense... Read more
1,092 words, approx. 4 pages
Abatement Abatement is a general term used for methods or technologies that reduce the amount of pollutant generated in a chemical or other manufacturing facility. In contrast, the terms cleanup and r... Read more
2,929 words, approx. 10 pages
Cleanup The cleanup of environmental pollution involves a variety of techniques, ranging from simple biological processes to advanced engineering technologies. Cleanup activities may address a wide ra... Read more
1,362 words, approx. 5 pages
Consumer Pollution Consumer pollution refers, in part, to traces of numerous consumer products, including pain relievers, prescription drugs, antibiotics, insect repellent, sunscreens, and fragrances&... Read more
361 words, approx. 2 pages
Dilution Dilution was the solution to pollution when populations were small. Everything people wanted to get rid of went into the water. These wastes were typically organic, such as human wastes and a... Read more
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Education Environmental regulatory organizations such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have historically dealt with pollution problems through control or remediation, as opposed to th... Read more
2,991 words, approx. 10 pages
History Pollution is not a new phenomenon. In fact, it is older than most people realize. Archeologists digging through sites of Upper Paleolithic settlements (settlements of the first modern humans, ... Read more
2,523 words, approx. 9 pages
Pollution Prevention One key to achieving a sustainable society and tackling the complex environmental challenges of the twenty-first century is pollution prevention (P2), reducing or eliminating poll... Read more
840 words, approx. 3 pages
Pollution Shifting Pollution shifting is defined as the transfer of pollution from one medium (air, water, or soil) to another. Early legal efforts to control pollution focused on single media. For ex... Read more
1,022 words, approx. 4 pages
Technology, Pollution Prevention A pollution prevention (P2) technology is one that creates less pollution in its life cycle than the one it replaces. P2 can be achieved in many ways, from better hous... Read more
75,880 words, approx. 253 pages
The book Silent Spring by Rachel Carson, first published in 1962, awakened a passionate minority of environmentalists to the extent of the pollution problem in the United States. Carson chronicled the... Read more
62,589 words, approx. 209 pages
“[Effluent] trading is an innovative way for community stakeholders … to develop more ‘common sense’ solutions to water quality problems in their watersheds.” Environm... Read more
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