Air Pollution

Air pollution

is the introduction of particulates, biological molecules, or other harmful materials into Earth's atmosphere, causing diseases, death to humans, damage to other living organisms such as animals and food crops, or the natural or built environment.
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Effects on Health

High air pollution levels can cause immediate health problems:
  • Aggravated cardiovascular and respiratory illness
  • Added stress to heart and lungs, which must work harder to supply the body with oxygen
  • Damaged cells in the respiratory system

Long-term exposure to polluted air can have permanent health effects:

  • Accelerated aging of the lungs
  • Loss of lung capacity
  • Decreased lung function
  • Development of diseases such as asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, and possibly cancer
  • Shortened life span

Effects on Environment

Acid rain, thinning of ozone layer, tropospheric ozone layer and GLOBAL WARMING!

Effects on Economy

Reducing emissions by cutting production, switching fuels or installing scrubbers can cost producers money. Developing and enforcing instruments such as regulation also costs governments money. To a varying degree, costs to producers and governments are ultimately paid for by Canadians through higher taxes and prices.

Reducing AIR Pollution for the average citizen

1. When purchasing a new car, consider one that is the most efficient, lowest-polluting vehicle or even a zero-emission electric car.

2. Walk or ride a bike when possible.

3. Take public transportation.

4. Organize and condense errands into one trip.

5. When driving, accelerate gradually and obey the speed limit.