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19 types of pollution you might encounter every day that could hurt your health, from radioactive toxins to cancer-causing chemicals

RS Iyer/AP

Humans pollute the air, land, and sea by burning fossil fuels, overusing chemicals and pesticides, and creating sewage run-off.



The health consequences of that pollution are clear: Air pollution causes some 8.8 million deaths annually worldwide.



Marine animals that ingest microplastics and methylmercury also pass along these toxic pollutants to the people who consume them.

Humans excel at consuming resources and creating waste. Not only does pollution - in all its myriad forms - negatively impact the planet's climate and ecosystems, it can also be deadly. Burning fossil fuels like oil and natural gas, for instance, emits harmful air pollutants like benzene (a chemical inked to childhood leukemia and blood disorders) and formaldehyde (a known carcinogen). Plus, it sends large amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere - which leads more heat to get trapped on Earth. When we think of pollution, oil spills, litter, and smog often come to mind. But there are other, less obvious pollutants that people spread all the time. Here are 17 different types of pollution that impact the environment - and human health - every day.
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