Disadvantages Of Smog

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What is smog? You may be wondering this question after you look at pictures of Los angeles, places in Japan, or any busy cities. Well smog is a brownish fog that is formed from combustion or the production/burning of certain fossil fuel. Smog got its name in the early 1900’s to describe a combination of smoke and fog. The most common smog we have today is photochemical smog. This type of smog forms when sunlight reacts with nitrogen oxides and one or more volatile organic compounds (VOC) in the atmosphere. The nitrogen oxides comes from car exhaust, coal plants, and factory emissions. VOC’s are released from gasoline, paint, and specific cleaning solutions. The smog eventually produces “ground level Ozone”. The ozone layer high up in the…show more content…
One resources that can be accessed is a air quality index or also known as AQI. The EPA, developed these devices to inform people if it's safe to participate in certain activities outside. Also, in some areas the levels will be printed in the daily newspaper so everyone with access to newspapers are notified. If it states that there are high levels of smog in the area reducing outside activities will lower health risks. These activities may include walking, playing, or eating outdoors especially if you are one of the groups with a higher risk to health issues that could be caused by…show more content…
For example, there are records and studies showing that smog has/can cause non-melanoma and severe sunburns and cataracts. non-melanoma is considered all skin cancer other than melanoma. The most common types are basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Cataracts is the clouding of the lens that lies behind your iris and pupil. The three most common types include subcapsular, nuclear, and cortical cataracts. Subcapsular cataracts is mostly in the back of the lens. Nuclear cataracts develops in the nucleus of the lens. The last one is cortical cataracts which mostly occurs in the lens

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