Effects of Pollution on Humans and Wildlife


Body Burden is an accumulation of chemical toxins in our body. In 2005, an average of 200 chemicals were found in the cord blood on newborns. “Our babies are being born pre-polluted”, says Sharyle Patton, co-sponsor of “Is It in Us?”

According to the UN World Water Assessment Programme, about 2.3 billion people suffer from diseases associated with polluted water, and more than 5 million people die from these illnesses each year. Dysentery, typhoid, cholera, and hepatitis A are some of the ailments that result from ingesting water contaminated with harmful microbes. Other illnesses—such as malaria, filariasis, yellow fever, and sleeping sickness—are transmitted by vector organisms (such as mosquitoes and tsetse flies) that breed in or live near stagnant, unclean water. Continue reading