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Impacts on the Environment

Chemical Engineering
Impacts on the Environment
The Earth has limited resources to support
populations of humans and other organisms.
Ever increasing human numbers is depleting
many of our planet's resources and placing
severe stress on the natural processes that
renew many of our resources.
Ecosystem Processes
Ecosystem Process Human Influence
Generation of Agricultural practices have exposed soil to the weather resulting
Soils in great loss of topsoil.
The cutting of forests and other human activities have allowed
Control of the
increased uncontrolled runoff leading to increased erosion and
Water Cycle
Untreated sewage wastes and runoff from farms and feedlots
Removal of Wastes
have led to increased water pollution.
Some industries and nuclear plants have added thermal pollution
to the environment. The release of some gases from the
Energy Flow burning of fossil fuels may be slowly increasing the Earth's
(Greenhouse Effect).
The use of packaging material which does not break down,
Nutrient Recycling burning of refuse, and the placing of materials in landfills
prevents the return of some useful materials to the environment.
Some Detrimental Human Activities

Human Influence Effect on Ecosystems

Population We are using excessive amounts of the Earth's limited
growth resources.
Overconsumptio Industrialized societies are using more resources per
n person from our planet than people from poor nations.
Advancing Often we introduce technology without knowing how it
Technologies will influence the environment

Direct Harvesting resulted in a large loss of rainforest and its biodiversity.

Pollution have had many adverse influences on ecosystems.

Greenhouse gases mostly due to the burning of fossil

fuels and depletion of our stratospheric ozone layer and
negative effects on living things.
Positive Influences of Humans on the

Sustaining endangered species habitat protection

methods (wildlife refuges and national parks.)
Passing wildlife management laws game laws and catch
Design new products without generating pollution.
Inspection of all materials before entering a country to
prevent pest introduction.
Increased use of biodegradable packaging materials
which will recycle themselves quickly to the environment.
Use fuels which contain less pollutants, such as low sulfur
coal and oil.
Remove pollutants by using such devices as afterburners or
catalytic converters before they enter the air.
Major Global Environmental
Population growth
Loss of biodiversity
Global warming
Acid rain
Ozone depletion in the stratosphere
Population growth and
standard of living

impact of human standard of living (needs and

desires) and the efficiency with which these
needs can be met.
The ideal per capita resource usage is the
minimum amount of resources and
environmental degradation required to achieve
that standard of living.
The minimum ideal per capita resource usage:
the actual per capita usage multiplied by an
environmental efficiency.
Population growth and
standard of living

(Population) x (Ideal Per Capital

Environmental Resource Usage)
Impact (Environmental Efficiency)
Population growth and
standard of living

(Population) x (Ideal Per Capital

Environmental Resource Usage)
Impact (Environmental Efficiency)
three factors of population, ideal resource
usage, and environmental efficiency are not
Environmental engineers focus is on
environmental efficiency minimizing the
environmental impact per unit resource usage
or standard of living.
Impact of Population

I = PxAxT
I is environmental impact,
P is population (including size, growth, and
A is the level of affluence (consumption per
capita), and
T is the level of technology.
Average per-capita consumption of

In a hunting society 20 MJ/d

In a primitive agricultural society 48 MJ/d,
In advanced agriculture 104 MJ/d,
In industrializing society 308 MJ/d, and
In an advanced industrial society1025 MJ/d.
Rich Vs. Poor

Industrialize Less-
d developed
Population 25% 75 %
Average Citizen Energy 199 17
Total Energy richest
the world's Utilized20% of people
80% consume 20% 86% of the
goods and services delivered by the global economy,
while the poorest 20% consumes just 1.3%
the United Statesconsumes approximately 25% of the
world's natural resources and produces 75% of its
hazardous wastes and 22% of its greenhouse gas
emissions, while having only about 4.5% of the world's

Employment opportunities, educational,

Medicare, and infrastructural facilities.

Agricultural land can decrease

heavy demand for housing, water supply
systems, waste treatment & disposal
facilities, transportation, and other public
facilities like: commerce, hospitals, hotels,
Urbanization: Effects
more vehicles traffic congestion and
Solid wastes unhygienic and unsanitary
less open space temperature increase and
disappearance of surface water bodies
Quality of life more strenuous
Urbanization: Remedies

Implement effective methods of reducing

the migration trends to urban areas
Developing satellite townships
Zoning city's master plan
Provide basic facilities for slum areas
Provide alternate energy sources
Focus on pollution control
A Goal pursued by all nations standard of living
more demand resource depletion more
environmental degradation
driven by energy consumption from coal,
petroleum, and natural gas.
GNP: the sum of all personal and governmental
expenditures on goods and services within a
country, including the value of net exports.
GEI: a component of the GNP that includes the
cost of environmental improvements.
Industrialization : Wastes

Liquid wastes, gaseous, solid

wastes and nuclear waste.
Atmospheric temperature normally decreases
with altitude.
If a parcel of air is warm, it moves up until its
own density equals with its surroundings.
air circulation dispersion of pollutants
If no movement of air pollutant
accumulation the ground level

gaseous pollutants are

minimized at source;
the stack height is
adequately increased; and
care is taken at the time of
locating the industries
Acid Rain

causes damage materials

H2O + CO2 H2CO3 reduces soil fertility & crop yield
affects aquatic organisms
2SO2 + H2O + O2 2H2SO4 irritation to skin and respiratory
4NO2 + 2H2O + O2
toxic chemicals
Global Warming
Carbon dioxide
and other gases
warm the
surface of the
planet naturally
by trapping solar
heat in the
Global Warming
Rapid increase in
atmospheric carbon

Carbon dioxide
levels fluctuated
between 180 - 300
ppm over the past
150,000 years.

But it change from

280 ppm 360
Global Warming
Adverse effects
Rise in sea level to 3.5 - 34.6 in. (9-88cm) Erosion, Flooding and
Permanent inundation
Severe stress on many forests, wetlands, alpine regions, and other
natural ecosystems
Greater threats to human health as insects and rodents spread diseases
Disruption of agriculture due to increased temperature, water stress
and sea-level rise in low-lying areas such as Bangladesh or the
Mississippi River delta.
Heat waves will be more frequent and more intense.
Droughts and wildfires will occur more often.
The Arctic Ocean could be ice free in summer by 2050.
More than a million species worldwide could be driven to extinction by
Loss of biological diversity
Biodiversity refers to the wide variations seen in
plant and animal life on the planet. At least three
types of diversity exist.
Genetic diversity - Variation between individuals

of the same species

Species diversity - Variation within an ecosystem

by the presence of different species

Ecosystem diversity - Variations within and

among species in different ecological

Loss of biological diversity
Reasons to protect biological diversity.
Moral, ethical, aesthetic ,to protect and preserve the beauty of
the natural environment
Gene-pool preservation - A broad gene-pool provides a source of

plant and animal traits that may be introduced into valuable

agricultural products
Gene-pool diversity - Biodiversity preserves traits that may be

needed to adapt to a changing environment or conditions

Important products - Many important medicines are extracted from

natural plants and , in addition, many plants have never been

evaluated for commercial or medical benefits; retention of biodiversity
ensures that these products will be available when found
Ecosystem stability - Ecosystems depend on a variety of

interdependent organisms to survive and thrive, and elimination of

any one organism could threaten the survival of the entire ecosystem.
Loss of biological diversity
Devastation causes the following:
Human, animal and plant life or the entire

ecosystem is lost.
Buildings and infrastructural facilities are

severely damaged
Road, railway and other communication

systems collapse completely.

Water supply and power systems fail.

Crops and cattle feed get spoilt beyond use.

Cholera, plague and other epidemics spread.

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