In the public buildings the sanitary facilities were unbelievably primitive....As a metropolis, Berlin did not emerge from a state of barbarism into civilization until after 1870." The primitive conditions were intolerable for a world national capital, and the Imperial German government brought in its scientists, engineers, and urban planners to not only solve the deficiencies, but to forge Berlin as the world's model city.
Pollution issues escalated as population growth far exceeded viability of neighborhoods to handle their waste problem.
Reformers began to demand sewer systems and clean water."Waste-water from the houses collected in the gutters running alongside the curbs and emitted a truly fearsome smell.
Pollution prevention approaches include: Pollution prevention reduces both financial costs (waste management and cleanup) and environmental costs (health problems and environmental damage).
Pollution prevention protects the environment by conserving and protecting natural resources while strengthening economic growth through more efficient production in industry and less need for households, businesses and communities to handle waste. Top of Page EPA promotes source reduction to eliminate or reduce pollution at its source.
Prevention practices are essential for preserving wetlands, groundwater sources and other critical ecosystems - areas in which we especially want to stop pollution before it begins.
In the energy sector, pollution prevention can reduce environmental damages from extraction, processing, transport and combustion of fuels.
Voluntary standards development for green products and standards: EPA works with a variety of non-governmental standards developers to promote the development of voluntary consensus standards for environmentally preferable goods and services.
Pollution can take the form of chemical substances or energy, such as noise, heat or light.
Reducing the amount of pollution produced means less waste to control, treat, or dispose of.
Less pollution means less hazards posed to public health and the environment. Pollution prevention approaches can be applied to all potential and actual pollution-generating activities, including those found in the energy, agriculture, federal, consumer and industrial sectors.