America's Environmental Report Card: Are We Making the by Harvey Blatt

By Harvey Blatt

Whereas the data provided right here is probably not "new news," lots of attention-grabbing proof are made on hand, together with the breakdown of water utilization within the united states An extraordinary 41.2% of all water utilization is attributed to rest room flushing!!! additionally integrated within the water bankruptcy is a listing of artificial chemical substances in our water offer, and from which industries they come.

Some very fascinating evidence are provided that are new information, at the very least to me; do you know that detrimental waste might be legally injected into the ground???

Easy to learn, simply comprehensible, with pie charts, a assured visible reduction!

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Thus, it is no surprise that urbanization—stripping the natural vegetation, paving the land surface with impermeable cement, and erecting buildings—allows the floodwaters to spread further and faster. Floods are more frequent, and loss of life and property are greatest, in areas that have lost the most wetlands. Smaller floods are more affected by urbanization than are larger ones because large floods overwhelm the storage capacity of the soil or wetland buffer, no matter how extensive. Dams One method Americans have tried is to build barriers to the downstream movement of floodwaters.

Those that originate on land can be subdivided into slow-rise floods and flash floods. Flooding that 34 Chapter 2 originates at sea consists of walls of ocean water carried landward, often for several miles inland, by hurricane-force winds. These various types of floods have different origins and, therefore, different characteristics. What causes these types of watery disasters and what can we do to minimize loss of life and damage to property when they occur? Slow-rise Floods It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.

The politically powerful chemical industry does not want to repeal federal laws that permit underground waste disposal. A better and potentially safer method of disposal is incineration, which can convert poisonous chemicals into harmless compounds. But it is very expensive. Changing from underground waste disposal to incineration will increase the cost of many products. Are we willing to pay for this? Nearly all of America’s produce is grown with massive help from pesticides, our third most serious source of pollution.

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