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Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Provides full text access to differing points of view on current social issues. Brings together viewpoint articles, contextual topic overviews, government and organizational statistics, biographies of social activists, court cases, profiles of government agencies and special interest groups, newspaper and magazine articles, as well as links to more than 1,800 reviewed and subject-indexed web sites.
Pollution: Topic Page
The concept of pollution consists of the inappropriate or undesirable mixing of items or elements that may in themselves be quite appropriate or desirable.
Air Pollution: Topic Page
Contamination of the air by noxious gases and minute particles of solid and liquid matter (particulates) in concentrations that endanger health.
Noise Pollution: Topic Page
Human-created noise harmful to health or welfare.
Nuclear Waste: Topic Page
The radioactive and toxic by-products of the nuclear energy and nuclear weapons industries.
Oil Spills: Topic Page
Oil discharged from an ocean-going tanker, pipeline, or oil installation, often as a result of damage.
Smog: Topic Page
Smog (smŏg) [smoke+fog], dense, visible air pollution. Smog is commonly of two types.
Water Pollution: Topic Page
Contamination of water resources by harmful wastes; see also sewerage, water supply, pollution, and environmentalism.
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Threats to the Environment
Acid Rain: Topic Page
Acidic precipitation thought to be caused mainly by the release into the atmosphere of sulphur dioxide (SO2) and oxides of nitrogen.
Deforestation: Topic Page
Destruction of forest for timber, fuel, charcoal burning, and clearing for agriculture and extractive industries, such as mining.
Global Warming: Topic Page
Increase in average global temperature, amounting to approximately 0.74°C/1.3°F from 1906 to 2005.
Hunting: Topic Page
Act of seeking, following, and killing wild animals for consumption or display.
Soil Erosion: Topic Page
Wearing away and redistribution of the Earth's soil layer.
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