Connecting the Dots

Connecting the Dots

Our homes hum with electric power, and our neighborhoods are scattered with the poles and wires that deliver it to us. What’s less visible is the air and water pollution this system produces.

Generally speaking, the burning of nonrenewable resources creates greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide, and emits mercury, nitrogen oxide, and sulfur dioxide that dissolve in rain particles and fall to earth (this is known as acid rain). The mercury contaminates fish in our waterways that we then catch and eat, poisoning ourselves.

Even if you don’t live near a coal power plant, the pollution travels. New England forests are being harmed by mercury smog from power plants in the Midwest, and there is evidence now that emissions from Chinese power plants are reaching the West Coast of America. That’s quite a system.

Find out where our electricity comes from and how we can do better in “Planet Home: Conscious Choices for Cleaning and Greening the World You Care About Most.”

Sign-up for DrGreene's Newsletter

About once a month we send updates with most popular content, childrens' health alerts and other information about raising healthy children. We will not share your email address and never spam.

Alexandra Zissu

Alexandra Zissu is a green living expert, environmental health journalist, eco consultant, speaker, and mom. She’s the author of The Conscious Kitchen, and co-author of The Butcher's Guide To Well-Raised Meat.

Note: This Perspectives Blog post is written by a guest blogger of DrGreene.com. The opinions expressed on this post do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Dr. Greene or DrGreene.com, and as such we are not responsible for the accuracy of the information supplied. View the license for this post.

Enter your message.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *