Have you ever heard of thermal pollution?
Do you want to find out more about this problem and what, if anything, can be done to solve it?
Are you concerned with making changes in your own life and community to help improve thermal pollution around the world?
If any of this sounds true of you, then you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we’ll introduce you to five potential solutions to thermal pollution that can make a difference. You’ll be able to find out if any of these are applicable to you and your own life, and you’ll also find out if there’s anything on the list you can advocate for in your community, too.
By better understanding the potential solutions to thermal pollution, you’ll be well on your way to improving this problem. Thermal pollution may not be a type of pollution that is affecting everywhere equally just yet, but if we let it go without anyone ever trying to do anything about it, it will soon get out of hand like other more significant types of pollution have over the years, too.
Read through this article and learn more about what changes you can make on a local and community scale to make a difference in the world of thermal pollution.
Thermal pollution is a type of pollution that happens when the temperature of a body of water is slowly changed over time. This doesn’t refer to changes in the seasons that naturally affect the temperature of water, because this is something that the body of water in question is already used to. However, it does include temperature changes as a direct result of human influence. For example, water that is used to cool towers at power plants is often pumped back into the environment at a higher temperature than it was when it was taken out. This contributes to raising the temperature of the water overall and can cause catastrophic results.
Here are a few potential solutions to the problem of thermal pollution. These may not all work right away, but when combined, they can go a long way toward improving the situation and making sure this type of pollution doesn’t get as out of hand as some of the others this world is dealing with.
Whether on a small scale in your own home or on a larger scale at a local power plant, reusing water that has been heated for some other purpose already can go a long way toward cutting back on thermal pollution. For example, at a power plant, when water is heated from the cooling process, this water can be transferred to a generator or some other device and used to provider power and heat for other buildings. In your home, recycling your used water may be as simple as watering your plants with it, but it can still make a big difference in the long run.
Planting trees anywhere is great for the environment, but when you work to plant trees along shorelines, you’re helping cut back on erosion. Erosion can cause water pollution and can also lead to raising the temperature of the water due to storm runoff. As well, having more trees along the shoreline can help improve the ecosystem in the area overall and can cut back on air pollution, too. There’s no reason not to plant trees, so it can be a big help for your local water sources to organize a group to work on this activism task.
Hand out flyers, give talks and demonstrations, and even just tell your friends and family about your cause. There’s no need to go over the top and be rude or unpleasant about it; just make sure everyone who knows you or comes into contact with you takes away something useful in terms of knowledge about thermal water pollution. And if you’re trying to get some things changed locally where you live, be sure you reach out to companies, government officials, and other organizations that may be willing to help you. A little effort goes a long way!
Power plants that use water as a coolant for their operations can look into using cooling towers that may help the thermal pollution situation. Simply put, a cooling tower allows the heated water to cool back down to the temperature of the water in nature before it is returned to its original source. This keeps it from raising the ambient water temperature at all, and it prevents the problem of thermal pollution in the environment altogether—at least where it’s caused by power plant operations.
These power plants can also look into other sources of cooling, such as other cooling agents and other methods as well. It can take a lot of activism to get an established power plant to change their cooling methods or agents, but when you work hard on something like this, chances are good your voice will eventually be heard. Don’t be afraid to stand up and try to get some changes made when you can.
There are several potential solutions that can be enacted fairly easily to make a big difference overall in the problem of thermal pollution. Although you may not be able to make all of these changes happen—for example, even if you advocate as hard as you can, you may not be able to change the practices of local power plants—you can still do a lot for the environment by making smaller changes at home. Do what you can and make sure you spread awareness so everyone will know about your cause. The more people understand thermal pollution, the more likely it will be that someone in a position of power can make some changes for the better and improve the problem in new ways.
Although it would be great to think that we could work to prevent or totally eliminate a problem like thermal pollution, this probably isn’t reasonable in the type of world we live in today. But that isn’t a reason to give up, and it’s not a reason to stop trying to fight back even on a smaller scale. When everyone does a few small things to make a difference in the environment, those small acts will add up into something big. This is true when it comes to making a difference with any type of water pollution—not just the thermal variety. Whether you plant a few trees locally or you start educating everyone you know about thermal pollution, you’re doing something to give back to the environment, and that’s what matters. Be sure to get everyone you know involved so you can make even more of a difference.