Summary: Pollution


In general, pollution occurs when elements or compounds [or anything else they form] that harm the environment are released. Whether pollutants are emitted in solid, liquid, or gaseous form, they can induce biodiversity loss and climate change. Air pollution is a particularly deadly threat for urban populations, as it causes roughly 12% of global deaths every year.

When it comes to humans, pollution affects us differently depending on where we live and what we do. Individuals that work in production [e.g. mining, manufacturing] are typically more exposed to pollutants, but that really depends on the industry and the environmental regulations in place. The same goes for waste management workers that may or may not be exposed on-site emissions and leaks.

While loud noises and artificial lighting are usually associated with urban areas, they’re becoming increasingly common in natural areas as well – due to encroaching human activities.