Pollution Facts

51 Pollution Facts

Pollution can result from natural occurrences like volcanoes or from human activities, for instance, improper disposal of industrial waste.

Here are 51 pollution facts:

1. Pollution affects more than 100 million people globaPollution Coal Power Plantslly.

2. Over 1 billion people in the world cannot access clean water to drink, thanks to pollution.

3. 5,000 people die daily due to drinking unclean water.

4. Every year, about 14 million pounds of waste get dumped into oceans. Plastic constitutes the largest percentage.

5. Every year, pollution causes the death of about 1 million seabirds and 100 million mammals.

6. If you live in an area with air that is highly polluted, you are more likely to die from cancer when compared to others living in areas with less pollution.

7. Around 46% of lakesWater Pollution Facts in the U.S. are polluted and therefore are unsuitable for activities like swimming and fishing, or even for aquatic life.

8. In 1952, about 4,000 people died in a few days in the occurrence referred to as the ‘Smog Disaster’.

– These deaths resulted from high concentrations of pollution.

9. The United States produces 30% of all the waste in the world. It also uses up 25% of the natural resources in the world.

10. Every year, the amount of pollution resulting from nitrogen in the Mexican Gulf from the Mississippi River amounts to 1.5 million metric tons.

11. The United States dumps about a trillion gallons in untreated sewage in its water annually. This figure includes industrial waste.

12. Children contribute to 10% of the world’s pollution. Unfortunately, they are prone to 40% of diseases resulting from pollution.

13. Every year, more than 3 million kids who are less than 5 years of age die due to pollution.

14. The amount of waste dumped in 2010 reduced by 85 million tons, thanks to concepts like composting, recycling, and other similar waste management approaches.

15. China is the largest producer of carbon dioxide, the U.S comes in second.

16. Almost 80% of urban waste in India is dumped in River Ganges.

17. Noise pollution is the most neglected type of pollution.

18. If the amount of money used in nuclear testing were to be used to finance hand pumps, there would be 8,000 of them to serve villages across third world countries.

– This would give many people access to clean drinking water.

19. Acidification in oceans is ranked as the most hazardous.

– Greenhouse emissions produced by fossil fuels make the oceans more acidic.

20. Livestock waste does contribute to soil pollution.

– During monsoon, water running over the fields carries dangerous bacteria from livestock to water sources.

21. More than 100 pesticides, whether in air, soil, or water can result in birth defects, cancer and gene mutation.

22. Groundwater, which is used as drinking water, contains around 73 kinds of pesticides.

23. There are over 500 million cars in the world today.

– By 2030, the number will rise to 1 billion, doubling the levels of pollution.

24. Major oil spills, for instance, those in the Mexican Gulf are the worst type of pollution.

– This is because these oil spills on water spread everywhere else.

25. House owners use chemicals that are 10 times more toxic when compared to those used by farmers.

26. About 1,000 children die in India annually from diseases brought about by polluted water.

27. The Ganges water in India is becoming septic. This is because half burned corpses and enshrouded babies are dumped in the water.

28. 88% of children in Guiyu in China suffer from respiratory diseases which can be attributed to living in an area with a huge e-waste site.

29. Antarctica is the cleanest place on earth as it is protected by anti-pollution laws.

30. According to scientific research, carbon dioxide emissions are lowering the oceans’ pH, making them more acidic.

31. One car generates half a ton of carbon dioxide. A NASA space shuttle releases 28 tons of carbon dioxide.

32. Americans buy over 29 million bottles of water annually. Only 13% of these bottles are recycled.

33. The Tsunami that occurred in Japan in 2011 created a debris of 70 miles, which was made up of plastic, radioactive waste, corpses, and plastic.

34. Cadmium is a dangerous pollutant which kills the cells of sex organs in fetuses. Cadmium is found in many things that we eat and drink.

35. It takes 5 days for a jet stream in China to carry the air pollution to the Unites States.

36. Pollution in China can affect the weather patterns in the United States.

37. Around 6,400 people die annually in Mexico due to air pollution, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

38. 1 person in the United States contributes 2 kilograms of garbage daily.

39. The United Arab Emirates is ranked among the biggest producers of waste and consumers of water.

40. For every 1 million tons of oil shipped, 1 ton gets wasted in form of oil spills.

41. Most of the dangerous pollutants released into the air every year end up in surface and ground water, and land as well.

42. Around 3 billion people cook and heat using open fires and leaky stoves. This contributes more towards pollution and global warming.

43. Chronic Obstructive Respiratory Disease (COPD), develops due to indoor air pollution. It causes the death of over 1 million people every year.

44. Children, the elderly, people with lung disease, and those who are active outdoors are more susceptible to high ozone levels.

45. Recycling glass can reduce related air pollution by 20% and water pollution by 50%.

46. Exposure to ozone and particulate matter damages the lungs or heart, just like lung cancer does.

47. If you live or work near high traffic roads, rail yards, or sea ports, you are exposed to more concentrated levels of pollution.

48. Where there is huge traffic and vehicles run bumper to bumper, air pollutants can seep into your car making the air inside your car 10 times more polluted when compared to typical city air.

49. According to the International Wildlife magazine, the U.S released 1.2 million tons of toxic chemicals into the atmosphere, 250,000 tons into the water, and 670,000 tons into the soil.

50. 41% of all insecticides in the U.S are used on corn.

– 80% of these insecticides are used to treat pests that could be controlled by simply rotating corn every year with another crop.

51. Public transport and carpooling can help reduce air pollution and save money too.


As we can see from the pollution facts above, most of the pollution in the world results from human activity, rather than from natural occurrences.