When most people think about what is wrong with the environment, they can think of many things wrong with it. The amount of pollution that has either enter the air, land, or the ground. The amount of pollution within the air has been constantly been caused by humans doing a lot of activities that release a lot of carbon emissions. Activities such as deforestation of trees, the uses of automotive cars, and factories producing so much smog on a daily basis. With all of these activities, much of the air quality is poor and can cause many health problems for humans. As stated EPA, “Breathing polluted air can make your eyes and nose burn. It can irritate your throat and make breathing difficult” (EPA 4).
Pollution in History
Since the beginning of human existence, pollution has been a problem rapidly increasing with the growth of the world’s population. Throughout history, it has been a major source of diseases and plagues such as the bubonic plague. Many steps have been taken to help solve the pollution problem, a problem that still hasn’t been completely solved.
One of the earliest forms of pollution was a result of defecation. Bacteria from the human feces would pollute water supplies causing illness for prehistoric man.
You can’t escape from it. Everybody has to breath, and when air isn’t clean you health is affected. Air pollution is problem of all of us. You might think that you are healthy because you eat, and do only healthy things, so you cannot be sick, or get cancer, allergies or even die. Everybody is affected by air pollution.
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Regulations have helped tremendously however, there has been an issue with the coal burning plants that were exempted from the Clean Air Act laws because they were grandfathered in. Factory plants that were built before the 1970s were exempted from the new Clean Air Act standards because there was an expectation that since they were already old they would retire soon. Unfortunately, this was not the case and many of the plants grandfathered in are the ones continually polluting the air the most with its large amounts of acid rain to the atmosphere without being penalized. The acid rain is the result from sulfur dioxide and nitrogen emissions from fossil fuel burning plants. When these substances leave the earth they return as acid rain and harm water streams, national parks, and human health.
Efforts to improve the standard of living for humans--through the control of nature and the development of new products--have also resulted in the pollution, or contamination, of the environment. Much of the world's air, water, and land is now partially poisoned by chemical wastes. Some places have become uninhabitable. This pollution exposes people all around the globe to new risks from disease.
Pollution is affecting many individuals and life, as we know it. We need to do something about how it’s affecting our world. That’s why I urge the issue that more people should realize that pollution is an issue that needs to be prevented because of its negative consequences. Which are health affects, the total destruction of environments, and the death of animals and plants. More awareness must be brought up amongst the people and they must realize the long-term benefits it has for the world.
People have long used the sea as a dump for our wastes. Most of the pollution dumped into the ocean comes from human activities on land. Marine pollution is defined as the introduction into the ocean by humans of substance or energy that changes the quality of the water or affects the physical, chemical, or biological environment.
There are different types of pollution. One of them is natural pollutants.
What is Air Pollution
Air Pollution contamination of the atmosphere by gaseous, liquid, or solid wastes
that can endanger the health of human beings, plants, and animals, or that can damage
materials, reduce visibility, or produce undesirable odors.
Air Pollution Statistics
Every year, more than sixty-six million tons of poisonous gas is emptied into the air,
twelve million tons of hydrocarbons1, six million tons of nitrogen oxides, one hundred fifty
thousand tons of aldehydes2, and five hundred thousand tons of sulfur compunds.
Approximately 80% of our air pollution comes from hydrocarbons released by vegetation.
What Causes Air Pollution
Air pollution is caused by many things such as car fumes, burning of fossil fuels,
Among the different Civil rights and liberties Americans should be able to enjoy are the ones to breathe clean, good quality air, indoor (schools, homes, hospitals, offices, homes, sports complex, camps and churches) and outdoor, and live in areas safe from contaminated landfills, all very debated environmental policy issues. The United States Government at the federal as well as at the state and city levels is very much aware of the importance of the air pollution problem, in all of its aspects. They started to address them in 1955. With the passage of the "Air Pollution Control Act" under President Richard M. Nixon’s administration the CLEAN AIR ACT which the states have to carry out. The statement "government by the people, of the people, and for the people" enables the citizens, free to express their concerns for a better America, to voice their rights, through elected officials and interest groups trying to keep American government responsive to the people, any time they feel that their powers and privileges, guaranteed and protected against arbitrary removal at the hands of government or other individual are at stake.
All living things use air and it must be clean to maintain life on earth. When air pollution becomes the subject, what do you think about? Smog, acid rain, and other forms of outdoor pollution are the common things people think about. Air pollution can also exist indoors as in closed ventilated areas that we surround. This makes the air that we breathe indoors inescapable and the pollution exist both indoor and outdoor. For example, hair spray usage indoor is polluting the air inside because of the emissions of toxic chemicals used to create the product are present within a spray of it. On a typical outdoor summer day in Fresno, the smog from vehicles exposed into the air which makes the air brown and can be seen miles away from highways. Many of the sources can affect the air quality surrounding us and asthmatic people will have the greater affect, but all living things will have that same effect as well. “Under the Clean Air Act, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) develops and enforces rules and regulations for all entities that emit toxic substances into the air” (epa.gov). This helps to cut down air pollution, but it is not enough to reduce it if consumers do not take actions in helping the environment that we live. The United States population is growing which means that more cars are going to be driven. With the greenhouse gases and aerosols releasing into the air from human activities the amount of radiation coming in and releasing into the atmosphere can result in climate changes to the environment.