Thursday, October 28, 2021

Pollution And Its Effect On Animals | Phillip Elden

Phillip Elden
Pollution is a dirty word that refers to the toxins we leech into our water and soil. Unfortunately, as environmentalist Phillip Elden explains, it has a very nasty effect on wildlife. 
Q: What effect does pollution have on frogs and other amphibians? 
Phillip Elden: Frogs, salamanders, and other semi-aquatic creatures have extremely sensitive skin. They use this to absorb oxygen. However, this also makes it easier for their bodies to become poisoned with chemicals from nitrogen-based fertilizers, metal contaminants, and contaminants of emerging concern, such as cosmetics. 
Q: Does water pollution affect birds? 
Phillip Elden: Interestingly, yes. Many animals, including certain birds of prey, feed on fish. Fish, in turn, transfer water toxicity to these animals. One example of how pollution has had an extremely negative effect on wildlife can be found with the Peregrine falcon. Due to the usage of DDT and other pesticides, Peregrine falcon populations across the globe have declined exponentially. 

Q: Is it true that turtles eat plastic? 
Phillip Elden: Unfortunately, this is a sad reality that Marine biologists and conservationists alike often warn against. Plastic from bags, packaging, and soda can holders easily make their way into the oceans. They are inadvertently ingested by sea turtles because they look a lot like algae, jellyfish, or other edible organic material. 
Q: How can people combat pollution? 
Phillip Elden: There are many ways that the general population can conserve our environment. To reduce pollution, carpool when possible. You should also take extra care not to spill gasoline and other toxic chemicals into your yard. Homeowners can choose Energy Star appliances and add solar panels to their home to reduce reliance on nonrenewable resources.