Tax deduction for companies using cooling systems that don't cause thermal pollution

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Thermal pollution is the common term used to describe the environmental effects of the discharge of heated cooling water from industries and steam-electric powerplants. Thermal pollution has been defined as "… an increase in water temperature which will or is likely to render the waters harmful to public health, safety, or welfare, or to a legitimate water use, or to cause a nuisance as a result of increased biological activity". This increase in water temperature has in the best cases modified life processes of aquatic animal life, and in the worst cases caused significant heat induced deaths among these animals.

In short, thermal pollution causes a loss in biodiversity, and reduced biodiversity means millions of people face a future where food supplies are more vulnerable to pests and disease, and where fresh water is in irregular or short supply.

A tax deduction for companies that use cooling systems that don't contribute to thermal pollution could be a good starting point to reduce this phenomenon and help aquatic life, and ultimately us humans.



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