Two Types of Pollution

Author: firmvoic

Pollution can take all kinds of shapes and forms, some more or less pernicious than others, some more or less visible or well-know. Here we will talk about two specific types of pollution, domestic pollution and diffuse pollution.

Domestic pollution: how to avoid it

Domestic pollution can be up to 100 times greater than that from the outside. Fortunately, there are simple and effective ways to limit it. To combat domestic pollution, cacti are one of the most often used depolluting plants.

What are the causes of household pollution?

The main causes of household pollution are volatile organic compounds (VOCs). VOCs are combinations of carbon atoms with other elements: hydrogen, sulfur, oxygen, etc. They are released in the form of gas or vapor by the solvents contained in the painting of the walls, the varnish of wood, pesticides or even cleaning products. Combustions (chimney, stove, etc.) also produce it.

The impact of household pollution on health

Cancers, respiratory diseases … Many VOCs are very dangerous for your health, even fatal, like the famous carbon monoxide (CO). This gas, resulting from incomplete combustion, is mainly released by boilers in poor operating condition.

Avoiding household pollution: effective techniques

It is advisable to prefer organic products to products overloaded with solvents, as far as painting or cleaning products are concerned. It is necessary to fight against the heat and humidity which favor the release of VOCs inside houses. Finally, it is recommended to regularly open the windows to ventilate all the rooms in your place, and to have the boilers and stoves checked regularly.

Bio-purification by depolluting plants

The principle of bio-purification is to purify an environment using living beings, in this case, depolluting plants. Such plants capture pollutants and release oxygen into the home. There are many types, the best known being the cactus, azalea and Boston fern.

Each plant acts against different pollutants, so it is necessary to inquire before making a choice. The Boston fern, for example, helps fight against carbon monoxide.

Diffuse pollution

The absence of a buffer zone between the cultivated part of a field and the nearby watercourses is an aggravated cause of diffuse pollution.

Diffuse pollution is pollution due to multiple releases of pollutants in time and space. Unlike accidental pollution, which occurs locally, punctually and often massively, diffuse pollution is hardly visible. Its effect on the environment is nonetheless noticeable by the experts.

Water pollution by nitrates and pesticides from agriculture is an example of diffuse pollution: it occurs throughout the country, from year to year and greatly affects the quality of water and ecosystems.

Special features of diffuse pollution

The fight against this type of pollution, as well as the identification and responsibility of polluters, is made particularly difficult by the multiplicity, and often discretion, of the sources of contamination.

It is clear that better waste management solutions, prevention and more public awareness are needed so that the above types of pollution can be reduced. As these types of pollution are mostly invisible until it is too late, they must be considered and fought.

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