Preventing Air Pollution Air Pollution is a problem nation wide. The pollution hangs over our cities and is harmful and destroys living things and materials. Diesel exhaust is one of the most dangerous sources of air pollution. This type of pollution comes from on road vehicles such as large trucks and buses although factories, construction equipment and farms are big polluters too. Pollution from diesel engines contributes to about 80% of the added cancer risk from toxic air pollution nationwide.
Blood pressure? It’s air pollution. (The Independent Co. 2014) Air pollution is such a huge environmental issue that kills many people and it’s often not even noticed. People can be effected by air pollution and not even be aware of it. Air Pollution is caused by biological materials, chemicals, particulates, or other harmful materials going into the earth’s atmosphere.
Air pollution is a well-known problem throughout the world. Humans know that we are the major cause for air pollution and although we know this fact, we continue to pollute. We poison our air every day by throwing out enormous piles of garbage, burning tons of fossil fuels, and driving millions of miles each year, but do we truly know how much this affects our society and our Earth? Smog, acid rain, the greenhouse effect, and ozone depletion are some of the effects that have resulted from air pollution. Health effects caused by filthy air are also a serious problem that has resulted from pollution.
- Light pollution: because there are lots of harmful pollutants in our atmosphere, the ozone layer is eaten, so the ultraviolet ray from the sun exposes directly on our skin. That causes skin cancer. - Noise pollution: as you can see everyday, when you go home from work or school, it is always so crowded and really noisy. This situation will cause lots of damages to your ears and brain too. - Radioactive contaminent: it includes nuclaer power generation and nuclear weapon researches.
This is why recycling may help stop global warming. Many people may not know it, but factory smoke, and anything that the earth uses for gas damages our ozone layer. These things are releasing too much carbon dioxide. More carbon dioxide than the vegetation on earth can handle. Trees, grass, and flowers require carbon dioxide to live.
Electronics are also being thrown away with perishable items. There are plenty of reasons why the environment is polluted. People that are unconcerned or uneducated about these issues tend to be the ones responsible for the pollution. Everyday landfills are filled up with non-perishable items that are damaging the soil. Not only are societies throwing away the wrong items, they are burning or burying the trash as well.
Those plants affected by the pollution are then processed for us to eat. “Because normal human activity is worse for nature than the greatest nuclear accident in history" (2). Us humans are what is creating the pollution which is killing our earth. We are the ones who came up with factories to make things for us and cars that let off exhaust that will drive us around,we are the ones putting our trash into our waters, we are the only ones to blame for the earth starting to die already. Acid rain is from the chemicals going up into the clouds combining with the rain droplets and then coming back down to the ground.
Air Pollution has become a growing problem the environment/earth has had to face with the introduction of man-made technology and natural sources. This particular type of pollution is made of a diverse variety of harmful materials that when introduced into Earth's atmosphere, destroys the equilibrium of our living environment. The introduction of these chemicals consequently has a negative effect on people’s health, food crops, and a big range of other living organisms. We as humans are mostly responsible with the contamination our planet by introducing the use of power plants, diesel cars, trucks, etc. and therefore we are responsible for preventing further pollution by introducing new ways of clean technology.
It was not a severe problem as it is now, but back in the earlier days, coal was used mostly for energy purposes and there were no regulations for quality air. Enviropedia.org (not the same as Wikipedia) mentions the start of the UK’s air pollution coming from mainly burning coal. The Industrial Revolution’s primary source of energy came from coal and was used to power factories and homes. As learned in class, coal can release dirty particles into the air supply, which is why it is not used as often. There have been countless occurrences of disasters due to air pollution, especially in America.
For instance, the E.P.A. estimates that emissions of toxic material like these “oxides'; cause some 2000 cancer deaths a year (Information 61). The rainwater that falls through this polluted air also poses a major risk. Industrial plants and automobiles emit chemicals that mix with the moisture in the atmosphere and form acids that eventually fall to the Earth (Information 89). The same sulfur and nitrous oxides that cause the smog at ground level form nitric and sulfuric acids in the atmosphere (Burning www 1).