This study reviews recent studies on environmental effects of heavy metals from the e-waste recycling sites in China, especially Taizhou, Guiyu, and Longtang. Further impurities in the air are e.g. Population health, as a universal value and primary human rights, is a fundamental economic resource not only for the individual but also for the whole of society. Heavy metals are well-known environmental pollutants due to their toxicity, persistence in the environment, and bioaccumulative nature. Therefore, the contamination of water by heavy metals actually affects all organisms. Heavy Metal pollution puts both the life and the environment on peril. These properties give organic pollutants the ability to easily bioaccumulate in the different spheres of the environment, thus causing toxicological effects [5, 6]. The composition and properties of air: Air is an essential component of the biosphere, without which the existence of various forms of life on Earth would not have been possible. The effects on human health and the environment from exposure to the three most common heavy metal pollutants (mercury, lead and cadmium) include: 1. Modern civilization process brings on the one hand, better living standards, on the other hand, it has negative side effects in the form of impaired ecological, biological and natural conditions of life. Physical properties of water: ability to accumulate more heat; large water bodies such as lakes, seas and oceans are involved in the regulation of temperature on the Earth, electrical conductivity, which depends on ion concentration, their mobility and temperature, while the dissolved salts and gases increase the water conductivity, the water density increases from temperature of 0 to 3.98°C, at higher temperature it decreases continuously, surface tension - is the cause of capillary phenomena (capillarity of water in the soil and rocks, wetting ability, foam formation, etc. The atmospheric residence time estimates vary, with a range of 0.1–0.3 years, some 1 month to 5 years; this also depend on the carbon monoxide removal rate. Not all sites respond to acid rain in the same way - it depends on the soil and water chemical composition. Chronic health effects in young children and sensitive individuals in the range of 10–20 mg/L, and occasional acute effects towards the upper end of this range, Very severe, aesthetically unacceptable staining. Download : Download high-res image (435KB) Download : Download full-size image; Previous article in issue; Next article in issue; Keywords. The atmosphere is polluted by 3300–12,500 tons annually through human activity. However, mining has been noted to cause inimical impacts to the human health, organisms and environment as a whole, with water resources being the most common victim of the pollution . It is caused by civilization influences. Therefore, in the troposphere where we live, it is undesirable, but in the stratosphere it is essential for life, as it absorbs dangerous UV radiation. Industrial, agricultural and domestic wastes contribute to environmental pollution, which cause adverse harm to human and animal health. Acid mine drainage has very low pH of about <1.4 to >3 [41, 42]; high TDS, EC and other metals in toxic concentration. It is created on the interface of the atmosphere, the lithosphere, the hydrosphere and the biosphere, which to a great extent influences its composition. This purpose requires that any person who uses water for industrial purposes shall purify or otherwise treat such water in accordance with requirements of DWA [41, 46, 47, 48]. Increased concentrations of nitrates in groundwater have a negative impact on both the environment and human health, since groundwater is preferably used as a source of drinking water. Soil spore production allows to some extent their survival under unfavorable soil conditions. Risk Analysis -  states that it is very important to determine the level of danger to human health and animals in a given location and at the same time to take account of future use of a respective area. Heavy metals are usually carried on fine particles. In the past, alkyl lead compounds (tetra-ethyl lead) were used as anti-knock additives in gasoline, thereby increasing the concentration of lead in the air. Login to your personal dashboard for more detailed statistics on your publications. The solubility in water is determined by the solubility of CdCO3 and Cd (OH)2. This is evident from the massive number of mines found around the country. We know various sources of air pollution, namely anthropogenic and natural, which include: combustion of fossil fuels in electricity generation, transport, industry and households, industrial processes and the use of solvents, for example in the chemical and mineral processing industries, agriculture, waste treatment, volcanic eruptions, windblown dust, sea salt spray, and emissions of volatile organic compounds from plants are examples of natural emission sources. 1. Air conditioners, fire extinguishers and chemicals such as Freon used in refrigerators and freezers can get to the stratosphere where they decompose and the released bromine and chlorine molecules thus destroying “good” ozone. The absorption of elemental mercury in the GIT is very low, less than 1%. This reduces the amount of ozone in the ozonosphere and disrupts the natural structure of the atmosphere, which permits much more UV-radiation at wavelengths that adversely affect living organisms. Children are particularly susceptible to lead exposure due to high gastrointestinal uptake and the permeable blood-brain barrier. Many studies have documented different natural sources of heavy metals. It is the main means of transporting nutrients, receiving and excreting them. The global economy, which meets the demands of an advanced society, is characterized by increasing oxygen consumption and the release of gaseous, liquid and solid emissions. The amount of drinking water received depends on several factors: age, activity, environment in which a person lives, condition of the body, nutrition (composition of diet). The basic elements of the atmosphere are nitrogen (78.1%), oxygen (20.9%), argon (0.9%) and carbon dioxide (0.033%). Open Access is an initiative that aims to make scientific research freely available to all. NO arises from combustion processes at sufficiently high temperatures. This environmental care is called environmentalism [7, 13, 30]. From human activity, comes less than 5% of the total volume of hydrocarbons, of which 38.5% comes from combustion, 11.3% from solvent evaporation, 8.8% from the evaporation of crude oil and transport losses, 7.1% from refinery waste. It is true that the responses of biological system to environmental pollution can be: individual-level responses - (metabolic disorders stimulation or inhibition depending on stress level), production of chemical stress agents, changes in hormone levels (vertebrate adaptation syndrome), reproductive disorders, impaired orientation and even death in cases of extreme stress, population-level responses - extinction of sensitive individuals, change in size and age structure of the population, strong selection of genetically resistant individuals, general decline in genetic diversity within the population, extinction of populations, biocenosis and ecosystem level responses - change in competition and predator - prey-victim ratio, change in the field of parasitism and disease, change of species spectrum and elimination of sensitive species and spreading of resistant species, decline in biomass and diversity of species, change of closed metabolism system into an open one (partial or complete loss of minerals from natural deposits), change from equilibrium to imbalance, from ecosystem stability to instability, collapse of biocoenosis (in extreme cases). The thermosphere extends to the height of 690 km. Acidification of the soil in already contaminated areas is particularly dangerous as heavy metal compounds are normally insoluble, but when mobilized, they can result in a serious environmental damage (timed chemical bomb). Anthropogenic processes of heavy metals have been noted to go beyond the natural fluxes for some metals. It is an important prerequisite for the existence of every living matter on Earth. When inhaled, it is absorbed into the lungs and re-bound to the blood dye, producing carboxyhemoglobin. Potential contaminants and their total amount for both veterinary and public health are broad and vary according to their source, chemical nature and mechanism of action on biological systems. Other natural processes emitting carbon dioxide include fires and volcanic activity. ing the harmful effects of heavy metals, the principal routes for the metals via waste management systems to the environment and the strength and weak-nesses of recycling and substitution as options for risk reduction. In this post, we shall cover some of the most dangerous heavy metals that may be found in your tap water. A pollutant is any substance introduced by human activity directly or indirectly into the air that has or may have harmful effects on human health or the environment, except for a substance the introduction of which into the environment is governed by a specific regulation. Elemental mercury (e.g. The environment and its compartments have been severely polluted by heavy metals. In the presence of sunlight, photochemical processes occur, resulting in higher ozone concentrations. Oxygen is the most important component of air, resulting from its role in respiratory physiology. A mobile source of air pollution is a mobile device with an internal combustion engine or other propulsion engine that pollutes the air. Currently, there is also a strong focus on low-dose exposures (environmentally relevant concentrations) of these metals that may affect human and animal reproductive health [3, 45, 46]. In spite of the scientifically-based study, mercury is still a part of various cosmetics and pharmaceutical compositions. It is based on two fundamental phenomena. People that consume high levels of heavy metals risk acute and chronic toxicity, liver, kidney, and intestinal damage, anemia, and cancer. In the late centuries, industrialisation and globalisation have impaired pristine environments and their ability to foster life. The combination of overexploitation of natural resources, coercive forced population growth and economic developments, as well as a lack of government regulations can increase the flow of toxic metals into the environment in all countries. To some aquatic organisms, if the pH range falls below the tolerance range, probability of death is very high due to respiratory and osmoregulation failure. Under “European Commission Decision 93/351”, the value of Hg in the meat of fish living in relatively uncontaminated areas should be below 0.5 gg−1.The concentration of mercury in the air ranges from 1 to 5 mg.m−3 in rural areas and 7–10 mg.m−3 in cities. More detailed information on the specific effects of individual heavy metals on cells, tissues, and organs of animals is obtained and validated within laboratory animal experiments. However, this method requires high labour and is limited to certain concentration of metals in the solution. However, a suitable marker for early diagnosis of heavy metal exposure (including drinking water sources) has not yet been developed, which is perceived as a relatively serious problem .  reports that infants but also older children have more sensitive organisms than adults, and that explains the higher absorption of inorganic mercury. Emission is any direct or indirect release of a pollutant into the air. Contamination on the other hand is the presence of elevated concentrations of substances in the environment above the natural background level for the area and for the organism. In case of any harm to human health, animals and beasts by the action of pollutants, the emphasis is mainly on the effects of generally toxic, allergenic, carcinogenic, mutagenic, teratogenic substances. The human organism is highly resistant to fluctuations in the amount of oxygen. The relationship between animal health, human health and the environment has been known for a long time. Heavy metals are among the common environmental pollutants resulting from both industrial and agricultural production . It’s based on principles of collaboration, unobstructed discovery, and, most importantly, scientific progression. The most important soil characteristic is fertility, the ability of the soil to provide plants with water, air, nutrients in optimal quantities throughout the vegetation . It’s based on principles of collaboration, unobstructed discovery, and, most importantly, scientific progression. Reducing concentrations of heavy metals in air, water and soil is important because of these substances’ potential harm to people and eco-systems. An important part in creating a good living environment for both humans and livestock is active health creation. This chapter summarises the problems related to heavy metal pollution and various remediation technologies. When a soil is contaminated with heavy metals it is difficult to be remediated. In the case of lead, any measurable amount may have negative health effects. These are made up of: the land, the water and the atmosphere of the earth; microorganisms, plant and animal life; any part or combination of the first two items on this list and the interrelationships among and between them and the physical, chemical, aesthetic and cultural properties and conditions of the foregoing that influence human health and well-being. In the environment, metals do not often occur singly, but as mixtures. A part enters the erythrocytes and another part binds to the ligands in the plasma. Natural resources contribute to a lesser extent to total SO2 emissions (emissions from volcanic activity). These pollutants also cause deterioration of infrastructure, corrosion, formation of acid rain, eutrophication and haze . It is a set of soil microorganisms, fungi, plants and animals. Nitrous oxide belongs to stable atmospheric components. Contact our London head office or media team here. Soil is the starting point for the entry of risky elements into crops and through forage into animal products [23, 24]. From literature, pollution is defined as the introduction by man, directly or indirectly, of substances or energy into the environment resulting in such deleterious effects as harm to living resources, hazards to human health, hindrance to environmental activities and impairment of quality for use of the environment and reduction of amenities. According to  the occurrence of contaminants in environmental components and in agricultural and food production is monitored through random check-ups and regular monitoring. The most important metal pollutants of soil are mercury (Hg), cadmium (Cd) and lead (Pb), which are generally toxic to humans and animals [2, 3, 9, 16, 27]. Environmental pressures caused by heavy metal emissions from Europe's large industrial facilities decreased from 2010 to 2016, according to new data from the European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (E-PRTR), released by the European Environment Agency (EEA). The main anthropogenic sources by which mercury enters the atmosphere is the combustion of fossil fuels (1422 × 106 g.year−1), gold mining (400 × 106 g.year−1), waste management (187 × 106 g.year−1), production of non-ferrous metals (310 × 106 g.year−1), cement production (236 × 106 g.year−1) [34, 77]. Depending on the volume of the polluted air, pollution can be divided into local (covering areas with units of tens of km2 – i.e., air pollution of cities and industrial areas, changes caused by changes in local emission and meteorological conditions), regional (bottom troposphere pollution of entire territorial unit, in assessing regional air pollution, it is necessary to analyze the long-term impact and its consequences on soil, water and sensitive ecosystems) and global (pollution of the free atmosphere, changes in the composition of the atmosphere as a whole; the most serious pollutants being carbon dioxide and small particles of solid and liquid substances) [3, 9]. The human lethal dose is 0.3–8.9 g. IARC  (International Agency for Research on Cancer) classifies Cd as the first category carcinogen for humans and animals. Producers are organisms able to assimilate inorganic nutrients and synthesize organic substances such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats from them. They form a natural part of the Earth’s surface composition and therefore occur everywhere in various concentrations. Ingestion is the most common route of exposure in children. These concentrations are far above the legal requirements. Polluted air damages the environment or its components, endangers or damages the human and animal organisms and impairs the environment by deteriorating odor, reducing visibility, etc. The ferric cations produced can also oxidise additional pyrite into ferrous ions: The net effect of these reactions is to produce H+ and maintain the solubility of the ferric iron . Metals naturally emitted in wind-blown dusts are mostly from industrial areas. Water functions: biological function – it is the essential condition for the life of organisms from microorganisms to higher animals to humans, it provides nutrition for humanity, for some animal species water is their living environment, water participates in photosynthesis, it is part of components in the cell as well as regulator of thermal properties, health preserving function - the quality of life, hygiene, health, healing properties of mineralized and otherwise enriched waters depend on it; economic function – it is applied in the agricultural industry, esthetic-cultural functions - spas, water bodies fulfill the appropriate function, political function - watercourses form borders between states. In general, large and longer-living fish (shark, tuna, mackerel, pike) also contain more mercury [48, 79, 80]. There are different types of pollutants, namely inorganic, organic and biological. According to WHO, 50–2600 tons of cadmium are emitted annually from natural resources. This atmosphere layer is characterized by a temperature drop down to −90°C, which represents the lowest temperature area in the whole atmosphere. Key effects caused by anthropogenic activity are the changes in greenhouse gas concentrations, ozonosphere disruption, local air pollution, land use and countryside exploitation. Ion exchange is the exchange of ions between two or more electrolyte solutions. It occurred naturally in the atmosphere. In 2014 Su et al. Acrodynia has been found in infants but also in older children who have used diapers treated with phenylmercury (an organic form of mercury). By Vhahangwele Masindi and Khathutshelo L. Muedi, Submitted: October 6th 2017Reviewed: March 1st 2018Published: June 27th 2018. Low pH causes increased mobility of cadmium and aluminum, which can intoxicate plants. Larger wavelength heat radiation, which is emitted back from the planet’s surface, is absorbed by the Earth effectively, its immediate release into space being prevented this way. A case study in South Africa mines were also used. This system also operates under specific temperature and pH. According to , cadmium intake by plants increases with the presence of chlorine in the soil and the content is also significantly affected by soil microorganisms. In 1997, the Kyoto Protocol to the Convention was adopted to tighten up the commitments of individual countries (officially adopted in 2005). Metals are found bound in various inorganic compounds, but can also enter complex organic systems. The presence of cadmium (Cd), mercury (Hg) and chromium (Cr) is currently one of the most recent risks. Soil, water and air are the major environmental compartments which are affected by heavy metals pollution. After oxidation, Hg2+ binds to -SH groups of proteins, which are thereby inactivated. Heavy metals can contaminate private wells through groundwater movement and surface water seepage adn run-off. The issue of waste does not end with the disposal of waste in landfills. The most common metals include: Global environmental contamination is one of the most significant environmental problems in contemporary society. Acid rain is the result of strong air pollution, where dirt absorbed by air humidity gets back to the ground through precipitation. About 20–30 km above the Earth’s surface, the stratosphere contains ozone, which is called stratospheric ozone. Some chance of manganese toxicity under unusual conditions, Gastrointestinal irritation, nausea and vomiting. Publishing on IntechOpen allows authors to earn citations and find new collaborators, meaning more people see your work not only from your own field of study, but from other related fields too. It reaches 16–18 km above the equator, 8–10 km above the poles and 11 km in the temperate zone. By making research easy to access, and puts the academic needs of the researchers before the business interests of publishers. The amount of both tropospheric and stratospheric ozone depends on the balance between the processes in which ozone is produced and the processes in which ozone is disposed of in the atmosphere. Lead has been used for at least … Chromium (Cr) and zinc (Zn) are released from the iron and steel works. Precipitation waters that infiltrate through landfills are contaminated with waste materials. Exposure to heavy metals as a result of consumption of contaminated vegetables, as well as their toxicity, is a serious problem. Neutral drainage water [40, 42, 45, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51]. The most serious ones are those that create photooxid smog. Mostly, the experiment only works with the substance being studied individually, which does not occur alone in the environment. Industries, agriculture, wastewater, mining and metallurgical processes, and runoffs also lead to the release of pollutants to different environmental compartments. This will eventually lead to reduction in biodiversity of a given aquatic ecosystem and its ability to sustain life. Industrialisation and urbanisation, due to rapid world population growth, have recently made air pollution as a major environmental problem around the world. Loss of fluid above 6% can lead to collapse or death. In the terrestrial environment, fate, bioavailability and mobility of metals are influenced by: soil type, oxidation–reduction processes and cationic solid phase capacity . Cadmium also occurs in synthetic superphosphate and in naturally occurring superphosphates. Soil heavy metal pollution has become a worldwide environmental issue that has attracted considerable public attention, largely from the increasing concern for the security of agricultural products. Severe, acute toxicity with electrolyte disturbances and possible renal damage, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Built Environment (BE), Hydraulic Infrastructure Engineering (HIE), South Africa, Department of Environmental Sciences, School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, University of South Africa (UNISA), South Africa. With an average absorption of about 5% of the amount received, about 0.5–1 μg of cadmium is retained daily in the organism. Heavy metal contamination of … Consumers feed on finished organic substances that are processed by endoenzymes inside their bodies. Heavy metals 2.1. This level is characterized by detected pollutant emissions. In the atmosphere, sulfate is gradually changing due to the oxidative effects of air oxygen with the contribution of solar radiation and due to the hydrolytic reactions with atmospheric moisture to form sulfuric acid. 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