EAYH Lecture 3
Impact of Humans on the Environment and of the Environment on Human Health: Part 2
No handout today. It will be online. Thursday- Environmental Law moved to next Tuesday.
Needs, wants, wants (come from
) drive the actions we take that affect our environment
The Industrial Process and the Environment
(gas, oil, coal)
, other inputs (
air pollution, water pollution, toxic waste, and the
this is why we need regulations on industry to control their waste and other byproducts
we need to be cognizant of where waste is at, it's potential harms to human and environmental
Types of Waste
Municipal Solid waste
(waste individuals, restaurants, businesses, hotels, etc. generate)
manufacturing, mining, agriculture, coal combustion, oil and gas production
uranium mill tailings- where we mine uranium for nuclear reactions. Abandoned uranium
mills pose significant health problems for Native Americans in SW America.
dust blowing (radium, arsenic)
dam failure( erosion, flood, earthquake, heavy rain)
seepage (uranium, arsenic, .
Causes for Increased Waste Generation
demographic changes (population has massively expanded)
degree of urbanization (has increased)
demand for convenience ahead of the environment
little economic incentive for Americans to reduce waste
Waste Categories and Generated Amounts
MAJOR source of waste we have to deal with comes from INDUSTRIES
highest source – animal waste. *Nationwide,
130x more animal waste than human waste
93.7% of waste is from industry. 5% hazardous.