Pollution in Canada is not as bad as some other countries around the world, but it is becoming a more pressing issue day by day. Depending on where you live in Canada you might not see the effects of pollution as much, however pollution is all around us. From the pollution coming from our cars to the chemical valley in Sarnia, pollution is everywhere. The three main areas of pollution in canada are in the air, water and soil.
When we think of air pollution we think of the refineries in our cities and the exhaust coming from our cars mostly. In reality there are many more pollutants that we don't think about every day. The six most common air pollutants are; “Carbon monoxide, Nitrogen oxides, Sulphur oxides, Particulate matter, Volatile organic compounds, and Ground-level ozone (nitrogen oxide and Volatile organic compounds reaction)”(David Suzuki Foundation). The fact is people are dying from air pollution and we are doing nothing to make it better, in fact air pollution is getting worse.
In order to see the problem with pollution we need to see the current facts and compare them to the estimated facts if we continue on the path we are heading on today.
“In 2008, 21,000 Canadians died from the effects of air pollution.”(Geduld) Although most of these deaths are from long term exposure to the pollutants there was still “2,682 deaths caused from short term exposure.”(Geduld).“5.5 percent of cardiopulmonary (heart and lung disease related) deaths can be attributed to ground-level ozone exposure, which has increased over the past decade.” (David Suzuki Foundation)
There were also “92’000 emergency-room visits and 620,000 visits to a doctor’s office in a year”(David Suzuki Foundation) liked to air pollution-related illness which sums up to a “eight billion dollar a year economic cost to canada.”(David Suzuki Foundation)
It is estimated that by “2031 90,000 people will have died from short term exposure and 710,000 from long-term exposure to air pollution.”(Geduld) The chemical valley in sarnia ontario is a major contributor to the air pollution in canada; “seventy percent of short term air pollution exposure deaths are in Quebec and Ontario, yet only sixty-two percent of canadians live in central canada.”(Geduld).
The pollution in the air comes from a number of things including but not limited to; industrial emissions, power plants; vehicle emissions, and burning wood for heating or waste disposal. Almost half of the air pollution in canada is due to the industrial buildings, and the other half is from power plants and the things we do everyday like driving.
Water pollution is not as pressing of an issue in canada since we are landlocked but it is still an important part of pollution in canada and needs to be looked at. The problem we are having right now with the oil sands is the water they are using to process the oil, after they use the water it is rendered useless this far, as the chemicals that end up in the water are not easily split from the...