Environmental protection is a substantial practice of protecting the environment from degradation, at all national and international levels, for the benefit of both the wild life and humans. Due to the pressures of population and technology, the physical environment is being degraded, sometimes permanently. This has been recognized, and governments have begun placing restraints on activities that cause excessive pollution. Since the 19th century, activities of environment degradation have created awareness of the various environmental issues. There is no agreement on the extent of the environmental impact of human activity. New age technology like refrigerator also has serious negative impacts on environment. If we want to protect our planet, we have to give up our laziness and put up big change that would improve our lifestyle and save the environment. So here are some of the major side effects of using refrigeration.
#1 One of the negative impact of new age technology is that refrigerator stops working when the electricity stops working. In most Indian states, the power is shut down in different odd times for very long intervals of time and every couple of hours there is a severe power cut. Since all the power and electricity will shut down so will the refrigerator. This means that for around two hours the material in the fridge will melt or defrost in this case of power cut, the food may get spoiled and become unhealthy due to temperature changes.
#2 The new age refrigerator is quite expensive depending on its price and features. Some people are not able to afford it because the transportation charges, the actual cost of the refrigerator and many other different types of additional charges which are included. If the refrigerator supplied break down easily the repair charges are quite high. The charges of refrigerator consumption contribute to major part of the electricity bill, so keeping a refrigerator will always be expensive for a salaried person. If it breaks down, it could over-freeze then break, causing water damage and making you claim on your house insurance durability. Refrigerator occupies a lot of space in your house because it is generally big in size.
#3 Manufacturers often use chlorofluorocarbons, known as CFCs, for the manufacturing of refrigerator. When such harmful gas is used, it flows into the atmosphere, either immediately or years later in the upper atmosphere and it pollute the environment. CFC was one of the major working fluid in the refrigerators and the chlorine would break down molecules of ozone, which would result in serious ozone depletion years. But Chlorofluorocarbons were banned by many national and international governments of today, the material that the compressor squeezes down into a liquid that gives off heat. Then the liquid is allowed to expand back into a gas, absorbing heat that the refrigerator removes from its interior.
#4 Unhealthy food results in disease caused by infections that can pose serious threat to environment. Most people avoid cleaning in refrigerator. Unhealthy food keeping in refrigerator can pose major threats. The infection supplied by unhealthy food can result into food poisoning. Food poisoning is a result of stale food and rotten food. Unclean refrigerators can also lead to food poisoning. Food poisoning includes –
• Spitting blood
• Loose motions
• Choking of wind pipe
• Extreme pain in stomach
• Sometimes low fever also.
So it is very important to wash the fruits and vegetable before you eat them.
#5 Mercury is another hazardous chemical compound which is also found in some of the major components of the refrigerator and freezers which were manufactured in 20th century. Mercury consumed by humans at different levels can cause serious issues with neurological development and other problems related to nervous system. Mercury is used in switches and relays in a manufactured refrigerator.
[author ]Article is Written by Arshi Khurrana[/author]