Types of Pollution

Types of environmental pollution can be roughly classified
by anthropogenic (human-caused) and natural sources.

Anthropogenic Sources of Pollution

By the object of pollution:

  • Air pollution
  • Water pollution
  • Soil pollution (contamination) / Land pollution

By the economic source (originator) of pollution:

  • Agricultural pollution
  • Industrial pollution
  • Transport pollution
    • Car pollution / Heavy vehicle pollution
    • Ship pollution
    • Airplane pollution
  • Commercial and domestic sector pollution

Other types

light pollution
Light Pollution, New York
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  • Radioactive pollution (contamination)
  • Chemical pollution
  • Invasive species pollution
  • Light pollution
  • Noise pollution
  • Visual pollution

Natural Sources of Pollution

  • Volcanic eruptions
  • Dust storms
  • Smoke from forest and grass fires

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