Brian Higgins English 2010. The Worlds drastic decline. Table of Contents. Introduction (slides 3-4) History (slides 5-10) Present Day (slides 11-17) Future (slides 18-19) Conclusion (slide 20) Works Cited (slides 21-22). Introduction.
The Health of Millions of people all around the world is suffering. According to Matt Hoffman from WebMd, it's because of the way many people eat. Eating food filled with hormones, pesticides, and fillers containing beaks and other unbelievable things are causing increased health problems and decreased life expectancy(Hoffman #7). Some people say its because of all the disease and the average standard of living in America (Mchaney #11).
According to Sarah Mchaney with PBS, the reason America’s health is declining is because as we have fallen from the list of richest countries and many people cannot afford healthcare. The rate of Drug use in the United States is at an all time high. According to statistics, she says the we are the least safe on the road (Mchaney #9).
These are definitely some of the reasons why our health, as a whole, has declined in the last fifty years. But I would dare say that pollution is the largest contributing factor to the declining health of US citizens. Who or what is creating the largest amount of pollution? What can we do to change or make pollution less of a problem? What is the pollution level now and where is the pollution level going?
The Need to raise awareness and concern to decrease pollution is at an all time high. Levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have increased from 286 parts per million of carbon dioxide in the last 40 years raising it to a total of a bout 386.3 ppm. For the first time in history there is evidence of greenhouse gases (CFC-11 and CFC-12), which were not present at all in the 1970’s (Clean Air Act, #4).
Bejing is another highly polluted place which gets something known as smog. Smog is a combination of particulate matter, carbon dioxide and water vapor. Smog not only makes it harder to see but it can cause asthma attacks. Breathing smog in during a day is equivalent to smoking 21 cigarettes(Okudera #14).
We are on a steady pace to the extinction of our planet. We have many different programs that are making a small difference but it isn’t enough. Still to this day 14 million tons of pollution is being expelled into our ocean yearly (Aurora, #11). Carbon dioxide levels continue to increase, which is slowly making our oceans more acidic and eventually leading to an unlivable environment for our sea lifeand eventually the Human race.
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