Pollution: Different Types of Pollutants

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Pollution by definition is “the presence in or introduction into the environment of a substance or thing that has harmful or poisonous effects.” From 1960s through the 1980s, studies have showed that air pollution affects our health (C. Arden Pope III). Studies have shown that the effects of air pollution can lead to respiratory disease, death, and cardiovascular problems. The Clean Air Act requires that the EPA regulate these six common air pollutants; ground-level ozone, carbon monoxide, sulfur oxides, nitrogen oxides, and lead (Environmental Protection Agency). Ground-level ozone is created from reactions of nitrogen and other organic compounds. Carbon monoxide also known as CO is an odorless gas that emits from combustion processes. Nitrogen dioxide also known as NO2, is a gas that is formed from the emission of cars and other equipment. Sulfur dioxide comes from the emission of at least seventy-three percent power plants and twenty-seven percent comes from industrial facilities. The Environmental Protection Agency classified at least different types of air pollutants; ground-level ozone, carbon monoxide, sulfur oxides, and nitrogen oxides. Ground-level ozone also known as particulate matter and nitrogen oxide are identical and is created by chemical reactions with nitrogen and other organic compounds. These compounds come from motor vehicles, gasoline, and other industrial facilities. Exposure to ground-level ozone can cause asthma, bronchitis, and even emphysema (Environmental Protection Agency). Carbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas that comes from combustion sources such as stoves and heaters. Effects of exposure to carbon monoxide also known as CO, can reduce oxygen delivery to any of the body’s organs especia... ... middle of paper ... ...pollution, while increasing the amount of carbon dioxide in the air. (Mahowald Natalie). I hope this essay points out the view why air pollution is bad for our health. It causes so many respiratory problems and not only that the dangerous toxicity of the gasses that we’re exposed to everyday is killing us. Studies have shown the connection between pollutants such as ozone and sulfate have increased the number of asthma attacks. Some have said that pollution is good and when we need it sustain life on Earth. Studies also show a connection between short-term exposure and increased visits to emergency departments and hospital admissions for respiratory illnesses, particularly in at-risk populations including children, the elderly, and increasing the number of asthma attacks. The probability of having an asthma attack varies on how much due to exposure of air pollution.

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