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Discusses these elements of environmental swap which would have direct or oblique results on human health and wellbeing. contains discussions on water pollutants, agricultural toxins, genetic sickness and unique tropical ailments in addition to human foodstuff and inhabitants progress.


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I am also concerned about claims that it’s expensive to reduce energy consumption. Amory Lovins’ (1989) research in the USA shows that energy conservation can be used to reduce electricity consumption by 75% at a much lower cost than just running a coal or nuclear power station. The technology is already available. On the one hand, human society responds well to local situations such as the smog in London, but, on the other hand, we don’t seem to be so good at addressing major, global problems.

When Emperor Napoleon I visited Amsterdam in 1811, he found the same low quality drinking water and he gave the order that work to improve the quality of the water should be undertaken immediately. The visits of the two emperorsto Amsterdam are nice examples of how problems with water quality can be dealt with. Charles V recognized the problem but left the city with its polluted water, turning to nearby alternatives for himself and his court; Napoleon I recognized the problem too, but, instead of abandoning the city, instigated measures to improve the situation.

Almost 40 million people live in the Rhine basin and a large proportion of European industry and almost 20% of the world’s chemical industries are also concentrated here. Pollution by heavy metals: cadmium and lead Cadmium and lead are taken as examples of heavy metal pollutants because they have no biological role, are ubiquitous, ecologically a nuisance and in addition are hazardous. g. nickel-cadmium batteries), plastic stabilizers and alloys. World-wide interest in cadmium was aroused when itai-itai disease in Japan was reported to be associated with the element.

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