The biggest and most obvious flaw is pollution. Because of pollution, we find ourselves asking the question of whether this technology has helped our society more than it has hurt it. Automobiles are the cause of 60 percent of our air pollution today (Dewees 214). There are four main sources in which pollution comes from an automobile. The first, on a hot day the sun will heat the gas tank of the car, this in turn causes vapors from the gasoline to leak from the fuel tank.
The first poisonous gas to be discussed would be smog. Smog builds when sunlight cooks everyday emissions from automobiles. Automobiles body paint, as well as gasoline fumes, all play a deadly role in the destructive path of smog. When these pollutants cook in the sunlight, they form ground-level ozone, which is the main component in smog. Pollutants are generated by traffic in urban areas.
For example, car pollution affects the environment by greenhouse gases which are the main pollutants that enter the atmosphere from a car. Greenhouse gases affect the ozone layer because they are the main pollutants that enter the atmosphere from cars and trucks. Greenhouse gases are made of pollutants, such as carbon dioxide. “They are over one-fifth of the United States global warming pollutants.” (ucsusa)McHugh 2 Car pollution has many causes and its effects. The main causes of car pollution is because of people failing to carpool, combine errands into one trip, take more public transportation, or possibly even shop by phone.
Carbon + oxygen = carbon monoxide This is a very poisonous gas, which comes from vehicles. Furthermore soot is a common air polluter, which mixes with fog to make smog, which when breathed in, is very bad for our lungs. It is even most unpleasant in valleys as it hangs in the air for longer. When the pollution goes into the air it is known as an inversion layer, which can be transported for miles by wind killing and destroying on its journey. When the pollution attacks things that aren't living it can damage many things like, bike tyres, power line insulation, paint on buildings and makes spots on car paint via acid rain.
A fleet of vehicles will have far reaching impacts; perhaps best known by the general public is the impact on air quality. Air pollutants may be released in a number of ways: first through evaporation during fueling, second through tailpipe emissions while a car is running, and third through chemical reactions occurring with byproducts or unused components emitted into the atmosphere. (Motor vehicles and toxic air pollutants. 2008) Typical chemicals released include benzene, toluene, xylenes, diesel particulate matter, and volatile organic compounds. (Motor vehicles and toxic air pollutants.
Warmer global temperatures affect farming, wildlife, sea levels and natural landscapes. The effects of car pollution are widespread, affecting air, soil and water quality. Nitrous oxide contributes to the depletion of the ozone layer, which shields the Earth from harmful ultraviolet radiation from the sun. Sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide mix with rainwater to create acid rain, which damages crops, forests and other vegetation and buildings. Oil and fuel spills from cars and trucks seep into the soil near highways, and discarded fuel and particulates from vehicle emissions contaminate lakes, rivers and wetlands.
Ultraviolet radiation causes skin cancer and damages plants and wildlife. Our planet is now rapidly getting warmer because of greenhouse gasses w... ... middle of paper ... ... pollution is not the cause of global warming and our earth dieing. Now pollution isn't the only thing killing our environment but it's also humans who are killing the earth too. We drive around in cars everyday that give off the pollution from gas exhaust,the factory's we use to make things everyday,the trash and waste we put into the waters all has a big part going into killing our earth. "Air, Breathing and the Environment."
United States Environmental Protection Agency. Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards. National Air Quality and Emissions Trends Report, 1995. Ozone and Carbon Monoxide Air Quality Update. [WWW document].
Toxic grey fog is produced by transport, factories and other high pollution producing industries which are concentrated in one particular area. This essay highlights how pollution is produced, reduced and what we can do. Photochemical smog is the result of primary and secondary pollutants, such as carbon monoxide (CO), nitric oxide (NO), ozone (O3) and sulphuric acid (H2SO4), concentrated in one area. These pollutants are toxic to humans and other organisms, reducing oxygen levels in the air. Extended exposure can lead to irritation of the eyes and respiratory system and even death.
This destroys our ozone layer and brings in too much UV rays onto the earth. There are many things that harm the ozone layer such as; cow’s flatulent and belches, factory smoke and the exhaust from all vehicles. These things, when released into the air start to break down the ozone layer and causes global warming. If we can reduce how much of this toxic air, that is being released into our atmosphere, we can slow down the decomposition of the ozone layer. This is why recycling may help stop global warming.