Inorganic Pollutants

Inorganic pollutants, which include heavy metals and other non-biodegradable substances, pose significant threats to the environment and public health, and their management is therefore crucial to several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For example, SDG 3 (Good Health and Well-being) is directly impacted by exposure to such pollutants, which can cause various health problems. Similarly, SDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation) involves reducing pollution and minimizing the release of hazardous chemicals into water bodies, while SDG 14 (Life Below Water) and SDG 15 (Life on Land) are concerned with the impacts of pollution on ecosystems. Consequently, mitigating inorganic pollutants is a key strategy in achieving these SDGs.


The Lancet Planetary Health, Volume 6, October 2022

This Personal View supports SDG 3 by explaining how plastic waste can facilitate the proliferation and propogation of infectious diseases, including arthropod-borne and water-borne diseases, among its other negative effects on the environment

Plastic Pollution and Marine Conservation: Approaches to Protect Biodiversity and Marine Life, Volume 1, 1 January 2022

This chapter aligns with Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation and Goal 14: Life below water by arguing that further steps for the optimal management of MPAs should aim to improve the efficiency of the whole plastic waste management cycle, thus preventing and reducing debris entering the marine environment.
Links to SDG6 and the theme of WWD as it covers the presence of emerging pollutants in aquatic systems such as rivers, lakes, groundwater, glaciers, wetlands, the ocean poses significant risks to human and environmental health.
This book chapter addresses goals 14, 15, 6 and 11 by looking at the affects of pollutants on the biosphere.

Daniel A. Vallero, Chapter 13 - Air pollution control technologies, Editor(s): Daniel A. Vallero, Air Pollution Calculations, Elsevier, 2019, Pages 377-428, 9780128149348

This book chapter advances SDGs 3, 13 and 15 by discussing various sources of air pollution and technologies to remove and treat pollutants.

Encyclopedia of Ocean Sciences, Volume , 1 January 2019

The pollution of the marine environment by solid wastes, either directly introduced into the sea or discharged into the oceans from rivers or pipelines, is considered from the perspective of both their impacts and their regulation. The waste materials covered include dredged material, particulate wastes from sand/gravel extraction, and land reclamation, and industrial wastes including mining wastes, munitions, and plastics/litter.