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Contrary to common belief, age is not the primary factor in hearing loss but rather noise. An estimated 30 million Americans are exposed to hazardous sound levels in their workplace, which ultimately leads to hearing impairment. Aside from hearing loss, noise pollution causes anxiety, aggression tendencies, and mental fatigue in affected individuals.
Dust pollution is among the most prevalent, causing an estimated 400,000 premature deaths by cardiopulmonary disease in people over 30 back in 2014. Particles under 10 μm damage external organs, causing skin and eye irritations, while inhalable particles cause respiratory disorders like asthma, allergic rhinitis, and pneumonia.
Smoke hurts the eyes, irritates the respiratory system, and worsens lung and heart diseases. This PM pollutant is almost inevitable seeing how it is caused by cooking, tobacco, and wildfires that are quite frequent in the past years, the Amazon rain forest fires and Australian bushfires affecting the whole planet because of their scale.
Water scarcity and pollution are two issues that threaten all living things. Farming and livestock products use an estimated 70% of the planet’s water supplies and contaminate the rest. In 2015, a total of 1.8 million people have died because of water pollution. Worst of all, annually, about 1 billion people are sickened by unsafe water.
Odor pollution serves as a warning sign that the environment is dangerous to human health as the common sources for it include landfills, dumpsites, industries, cigarette smoke, and sewage treatment plants, among others. With outdoor odor pollution, weather conditions and different times of the day affect the smell concentration.
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