Hydrocarbon pollution can negatively impact human health physically, psychologically and through bioaccumulation. Breathing crude oil vapours leave a deleterious impression on human physical wellbeing. Nausea, dizziness, specific forms of cancer and alterations with the nervous systems are the body’s common responses after interactions with toxic hydrocarbons. Physical long-term exposure to crude oil has not been researched thoroughly. However, it is predicted that the toxicity from hydrocarbons correlate with the effects of volatile organic compounds on the human body. Volatile organic compounds, regularly known as VOCs are used in oil transportation acting as a diluent. VOCs have been studied to cause extreme DNA corruption, diseases, birth and reproductive imperfections, endocrine and permanent neurological harm. Furthermore, a survey of 130 catastrophes found that mechanical calamities in the United States, similar to oil spills, were more mentally distressing than cataclysmic events.
Studies display that high rates of liquor and medication utilize were related with recovery jobs, particularly in Indigenous groups, where rates of aggressive behavior at home is higher. The demand for mental health dramatically increases at the time of an oil spill leading to increased hospital costs, social impacts through work stoppages and shorter life expectancy. In addition, the consumption of toxins from hydrocarbon pollution can be fatal to humans. Bioaccumulation is the process of a smaller organism ingesting toxins, and moving up the food chain. As the predator eats its prey, the quantity of toxins increases through the food chain, eventually reaching the human digestive system. The direct digestion of toxins can act as a catalyst for any physical and mental harm proposed to humans. Overall, hydrocarbon pollution is responsible for harming human health physically and mentally while aiding to bioaccumulation.Similar to humans, oil spills can have a detrimental effect on the physical health of many marine species.
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An ecosystem is highly dependent on all the species it embodies. Every animal will react to an oil spill differently as a result of its unique set of acquired traits. Hence, if an oil spill were to affect a specific species more because of its weak immunity and small size, this will be broadcasted throughout the food chain. The food chain requires smaller animals to build its foundation. Therefore, with a dramatic decrease in smaller organisms, larger creatures like humans won’t be able to extract large quantities of seafood which is a predominant portion of the human diet.
The direct impact an oil spill has on the environment can play a role in narrowing the human diet. Depending on the primary location of an animal the consequences will alter. For example, animals that pass through the water/ air medium regularly are more likely to be affected. However, ingestion of hydrocarbon pollutants can cause harm to DNA, interfere with the processes of the immune system, act as a barrier for basic heart functions and much more.
The economy is directly impacted by hydrocarbon pollution as it can reduce tourism, limits resources for fisheries and decreases marine transportation. The tourism industry can collapse as a result of damaged waterfront properties and beaches. In addition, negative media coverage on the issue will leave a poor perception in public’s mind. Predominant misfortunes in tourism sub-sectors include; transportation, recreational activities, accommodations, guides and recreational fisheries.
In overviews after Exxon Valdez, 59% of tourism organizations in the spill zone revealed spill-related cancellations, and guest spending diminished 35% from prespill levels in Southwest. Other marine-based enterprises, for example, port organizations, ocean based transportation, and enterprises that utilize ocean water as production inputs are likewise in danger from oil spills. However, the money related affect is commonly not as serious (U.S. Department of Commerce 1983, Moore et al. 1998, Wirtz et al. 2007). In addition, the more extensive economy may encounter unadulterated monetary misfortunes caused by decreased discretionary cash flow or market request (Jacobsson 2007).
Business fisheries and aquaculture organizations are influenced by loss of merchandise as a result of habitat loss and mortality. In addition, the dramatic decrease of public demand correlates with the fear of tainted goods. These misfortunes inflate their effects in the fishing industry influencing docks, processors, and supply organizations.