There are all of types of pollution. Industrial pollution is the air, water, and chemical pollution caused by industries. There has always been pollution. Industrial pollution began when our country went through the Industrial Revolution. Most all parts of the world are affected in some way by industrial pollution. Big cities with steel mills, power plants, heating plants, or railroad stations feel the direct effects of industrial pollution. The smog, smell, and contamination of food or water are some direct effects. Remote areas of the world are affected indirectly by industrial pollution. Even though the people in these communities may not live near any factories, plants, etc. they still are affected. The air pollution caused by the industries can carry for many miles (World Book 338).
In the 1700's and early 1800's coal powered most industries. The burning of coal fills the air with smoke and soot. Coal was a very efficient way of powering industries. It was also a big problem. The Industrial Revolution created lots of jobs for people. In fact, this period was characterized by the overcrowding of cities with factory workers. It also increases the products being made in the U.S. Steel, clothes, coal, power, heating are just a few of the luxuries gained by having these industries. Clothes industries have made the expense of clothes cheaper and the availability of clothes more widespread (World Book 338).
The disadvantages of having industries are that it creates a lot of problems. In a press release on April 26, 1999 it states in the UK, "The poorest families (defined as household incomes of less than 5,000) are twice as likely to have a polluting factory in their immediate area as families with incomes of 60,000 or more (Pollution Hits the Poor Hardest n.p.). People's health is also at a great risk. In a press release on April 1, 2000 Mike Childs, Senior Campaign, at Friends of the Earth said, "People are suffering because the Environmental Agency is failing to deal with the problems of industrial pollution.