15 Crazy Facts About Pollution You Probably Didn’t Know… But Really Should

We all know how detrimental pollution is to our environment, yet it hasn’t ended. The adverse changes are not only damaging to the environment, they are damaging to our very own health. Hearing of pollution is different than actually seeing it with your very own eyes. These are images of pollution from across the world.

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1. Nearly 700 million Chinese people drink contaminated water
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2. For every 1 million tons of oil that is shipped, 1 ton is spilled
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3. If you spend one day in Beijing breathing the air, it has the same health effects as smoking 21 cigarettes
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4. While Americans make up only 5% of the world’s population, they account for 30% of the world’s waste and use 25% of the world’s resources
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5. 1 in every 8 deaths on Earth can be linked to air pollution
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6. The pollution hovering above China is visible from space
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7. Marine creatures swallow plastic bags because they think they are edible jellyfish
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8. 14 billion pounds of garbage are dumped into the ocean every year and most of it is plastic
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9. Breathing the air in Mumbai for one whole day is equivalent to smoking 100 cigarettes
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10. 3.4 million people die each year because of water related problems
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11. Russia’s Lake Karachay is the most polluted and contaminated lake in the world
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12. In 2012, 49 million tons of waste from electronics were generated
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13. Plastic bottles take approximately 500 years to decompose
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14. A child dies every 8 seconds from contaminated water
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15. Almost a third of the air pollution in San Francisco comes from China
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