Industrial Revolution Effects On The Environment

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In very remote times, when man was hunter and gatherer, the environment was clean and nature had no harm. But with the passage of time as the needs of man increase, nature suffers more damage because of the power that he is exerting on it. Humans beings able to modify and transform the environment according to our needs, and even to create artificial means. It was with the Industrial Revolution that humans began certainly change the planet, the nature of its atmosphere and the quality of its water. The industrial revolution was the process of environmental, social, and technological transformation that began in the middle of the 17th century. It was a period marked by numerous inventions. However, the Industrial Revolution not only brought …show more content…
In the mid-17th century at early of the Industrial Revolution the humans population increased by about 57% to 700 millions. In 1800 the humans population would reached 1 billion. There was a strong demographic increase a consequence of, the high birthrate and the decrease in catastrophic mortality because of the advances in medicines, and thanks to this humans, had a little longer life expectancy. Likewise as the population increased, so do the human needs, therefore also the use of natural and artificial resources as a consequence, resulting in over consumption of renewable and nonrenewable resources. According to Tomas M. Smith and Robert Leo Smith “During the past 10,000 years, the human race has managed to multiply by a factor of 1000 and at the same time dramatically increase the per capita use of resources” (539). This means that the more the population grows, the more it is the overconsumption of resources. With the overconsumption of certain kind or resources such as steam, coal, and oil, pollution was occurred in the …show more content…
The most relevant environmental problem was the contamination of the atmosphere, water, and soils as a consequence, of the industrial waste whose most serious effect was global warming. As a result, of the contamination, several ecosystems have been damaged, as well as some species have been also damaged. When the industries discard their waste to the sea or to the ground, it contaminate the water, the air, and the ground, that reach in a direct or indirect way to the nature, and moreover, to the alive beings. In addition to this, the excessive use of petroleum causes incredible levels of contamination in the soils, and when it was used into the machinery that was beginning to be implemented, it generated an excess of pollution, which directly affected the ozone layer, that caused that the sun enter directly to the planet melting the poles, and creating global warming.
The industrial revolution was one of the most important events in our history, which brought with it various effects on our environment, society and culture. It is true that the Industrial Revolution was good, but at the same time it brought pollution and we continued, destroying our planet to one day make it uninhabitable. The problem is not the machines and the factories, but the overuse that we give them, but that is not the main problem.

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