Industrial pollution can negatively affect public health by distributing harmful chemicals into water, the air and the soil. The quality of the environment is also at risk, as industrial pollution can impact climate change, hinder the growth of natural plants and grasses, cause the loss of species and aid in the erosion of buildings.
The health of humans and animals is a primary concern with industrial pollution. Air pollution that impacts the ground-level ozone can weaken respiratory systems, reduce lung function and increase respiratory inflammation in humans and animals alike. When exposed to air pollution, people may experience nausea, pulmonary congestion and chest pains.
Industrial pollution affects the growth of plants, crops and animals, thus reducing natural resources. When air quality is low due to industrial pollution, the ozone damages the forest ecosystems and crops. Bodies of water that are polluted by industrial chemicals can infect drinking water and also the natural habitats of aquatic species. Industrial pollution events such as fires, radioactive material leaks and oil spills directly affect the level of pollution within water, the soil and the air. Natural habitats, such as forests and oceans, remain polluted, which has a negative impact on the species that live within the habitats.