Things You Didn’t Know Where Bad for the Environment Part 2
Air pollution has been well covered for a long time, it is absolutely common knowledge that things like factories and vehicles produce harmful toxins into our air that leave it in a somewhat dangerous state for anyone who breathes it in. It isn’t just the air outside our homes that wee need to worry about though and apparently according to a report made by the Royal College of Physicians in 2016, everyday household products like air freshener can reduce the air quality in our houses too. You specifically want to look out for certain sprays that contain limonene. This is a chemical used to create a citrus smell, usually it causes no harmful effects and can even be used in foods, however when the chemical reacts with the ozone in our air it can create formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is a harmful chemical which can cause an increase in the effects of asthma and contribute to other illnesses. It has been listed as a human carcinogen and has been linked to cancer.
The contraceptive pill is a device which is used to prevent women from becoming pregnant. The growing population of the human race is considered by many to be a hamper on this world and in that case, this is something that is helping to prevent overpopulation problems. The issue with this form of contraception can however cause harm to the world and likely not in the way you may imagine it would do. The pill contains a synthetic version of the chemical known as oestrogen known as EE2 (ethinyl-estradiol), as this travels through the body and does its duty it eventually makes its way out through water waste, finding its way into the earth’s waters. Here it meets fish such as trout, roach and salmon, these are fish which have more oestrogen receptors than humans do and when they come into contact with this chemical it can make it harder for them to catch food and even procreate. In fact, it can even lead to the disappearance of entire populations of fish, having grave consequences for their ecosystems.
Now when it comes to health benefits, we are all pretty aware that sugar is a food substance that is completely lacking in them. We know just how bad the substance can be for us, causing numerous health problems when consumed in high doses. Well here’s some good bad news that may help you pack the stuff in, the sugar industry is doing some heavy damage to the planet. Take for example the state of Maharashtra in India, 3% of its land is covered by sugarcane but an incredible 60% of the area’s irrigation supply is used to maintain them. Not only that but the sugarcane also causes a substantial reduction to the levels of groundwater in the area. That’s a huge amount of waste for something we don’t really need.