In life, there are on the one hand those who pollute the toilets, and on the other hand those who simply pollute by pissing everyone off. Sometimes even without knowing it, like these animals that let loose in nature without imagining that their popo could gun down the planet or harm the health of its “inhabitants”. Does that scandalize you? Read this top.
1. Pig manure
A sow can produce up to 20 liters of manure per day, rich – among other things – in phosphorus and nitrogen, which farmers use to spread their land. Problem, at too high a dose, or during rainy periods for example, the slurry thus spread infiltrates the soil until it pollutes the groundwater, suffocating the fish in the process, and a little further, the seaside. by creating green algae phenomena.
And the galley plan does not stop there. The other problem with pig manure is due to some of its bacteria which are pathogenic (ie likely to cause disease) for humans, such as salmonella for example. During spreading, these bacteria can contaminate crops, and in particular plants intended to be eaten raw… To find out more, we recommend that you read the creepy comic strip Green algae, the forbidden story by Inès Léraud and Pierre Van Hove.
2. Human poo
In the summer of 2019, the Brazilian President had dropped a beautiful pearl by explaining that, to protect the environment, it would be enough to poop only every other day… Not sure that it changes much to deforestation – the PQ does not coming not exclusively from the Amazon rainforest – but without knowing it Bolsonaro had put his finger right in our poop! Or at least in that of the poorest populations who have no choice but to poop in nature (or in latrines without water treatment), thus polluting the earth with parasites and diseases such as typhoid or cholera which still cause serious health crises today.
3. Dog poo
A dog poop would contain more than two billion faecal bacteria! No wonder that in the city, 20 to 30% of the bacteria found in waste water samples are of canine origin (washing sidewalks with water that ends up in the sewers). The pollution is such that every year bathing waters are contaminated by their poo. And after that is called “man’s best friend”!
4. Cat droppings
In addition to being a hassle to clean, your cat’s litter box may be slowly poisoning you. Droppings and urine mixed with the litter could indeed generate dust causing inflammatory lung diseases in humans. Cat litter is also said to have an impact on the environment because of the non-renewable resources such as quarried clay, which are needed to manufacture it. And let’s not talk (well if anyway) about their treatment as waste. In the case of bleached, scented or treated with fungicide or pesticide litter, their incineration would generate a significant quantity of (toxic?) ash.
5. Pigeon droppings
A single pigeon would be able to shit 1 kg of droppings per day right on your car! In truth, the info is unverifiable, but no matter the quantity, pigeon shit represents a very real pollution. Not only is its acidity capable of attacking the facades of buildings, but pigeon droppings are also carriers of diseases. Even dry and reduced to dust, it can contaminate our lungs with a bacterium responsible for an infection called ornithosis-psittacosis. A beautiful mess!
6. Cow dung
You may have already heard or read somewhere that farts and cow dung pollute more than cars… And it’s true that with an average of 70 kilos of dung per animal every day, there’s something to freak out about . Except that in reality, cow poo is not responsible for methane pollution harmful to the atmosphere (greenhouse effect all that, all that…). The latter would come from 95% of the burps they emit while ruminating. Not enough to make crates of it, therefore.
7. Mouse droppings
They may be cute, but mice are bitches whose poo can be dangerous for humans and pets. Their excrement and urine are carriers of bacteria and viruses which are spread by touch but also in the air. Hence the need to disinfect the floors and all the places where these rodents usually pass.
8. Bat poo
Like all good things, it should not be abused. Bat droppings mixed with the remains of their decomposing corpse form what is called “guano”, an excellent fertilizer… which must be handled with care (mask and gloves). Indeed, guano is a potential carrier of the histoplasmosis virus, a respiratory disease that affects the lungs.
9. Horse manure
If horse manure does not represent a real threat to the environment today, it has not always been so. In 1900, there were then nearly 80,000 horses in the streets of the capital. Paris vibrated to the rhythm of their hooves and the horse manure was accused of all evils. The Parisians did not hesitate to speak of “poisoning of the atmosphere”, of “dangers for breathing”, of “pernicious perfumes”. The Prefect then had a brilliant idea: replacing the teams and their horses… not motor cars, which were supposed to be much less polluting!