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Environment of Tawau

The Environmental Magazine
Published by : Dasatama Sdn. Bhd. Tawau, Sabah, Malaysia
Chief Editor : Tsen Kim Poh H/P 012-8187997

Serious plastic pollution at Tawau Waterfront, Sabah
Pollution in Tawau

Air pollution from industrial and vehicular emissions; water pollution from raw sewage; deforestation; smoke/haze from Indonesian forest fires; discarded PVC (plastic).
Tawau residences are suffering from rodents. The increased number of rats in the town is posing a health risk. Almost all kitchen garbage are not kept in rodent-free containers to avoid attracting the pests. Rats are taking over Tawau streets because of poor rubbish and trash management.

Forms of pollution in Tawau

The major forms of pollution are listed below along with the particular contaminant relevant to each of them:

1 Air pollution
The release of chemicals and particulates into the atmosphere. Common gaseous pollutants include carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and nitrogen oxides produced by industry and motor vehicles. Photochemical ozone and smog are created as nitrogen oxides and hydrocarbons react to sunlight. Particulate matter, or fine dust is characterized by their micrometer size PM10 to PM2.5.
2 Light pollution
Includes light trespass, over-illumination and astronomical interference.
3 Littering
The criminal throwing of inappropriate man-made objects, unremoved, onto public and private properties.
4 Noise pollution
Which encompasses roadway noise, aircraft noise, industrial noise as well as high-intensity sonar.
5 Soil contamination
Occurs when chemicals are released by spill or underground leakage. Among the most significant soil contaminants are hydrocarbons, heavy metals, MTBE,[10] herbicides, pesticides and chlorinated hydrocarbons.
6 Radioactive contamination
Resulting from 20th century activities in atomic physics, such as nuclear power generation and nuclear weapons research, manufacture and deployment. (See alpha emitters and actinides in the environment.)
7 Thermal pollution
A a temperature change in natural water bodies caused by human influence, such as use of water as coolant in a power plant.
8 Visual pollution
Which can refer to the presence of overhead power lines, motorway billboards, scarred landforms (as from strip mining), open storage of trash, municipal solid waste or space debris.
9 Water pollution
By the discharge of wastewater from commercial and industrial waste (intentionally or through spills) into surface waters; discharges of untreated domestic sewage, and chemical contaminants, such as chlorine, from treated sewage; release of waste and contaminants into surface runoff flowing to surface waters (including urban runoff and agricultural runoff, which may contain chemical fertilizers and pesticides); waste disposal and leaching into groundwater; eutrophication and littering.


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