Gas Laws & Environmental Justice

Unit 6

What is Enviromental Justice

Environmental justice is the fair treatment ,and meaningful involvement of all pepole regardless of race,color and national orgin or income with respect to the development and implemtation and enforcement of environmental laws.

Environmental Racism

  • Definition :
Is the placement of low-income or small communities in the area of environmentally hazardous or degraded environments, such as toxic waste, pollution and urban decay.
  • What is environmental racism?
I think environmental racism is when people living in areas that do harm to them such as pollution.

Pollution in LA

The Most Pollution

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High Pollution Concentration

Areas where people live in poverty in Los Angeles such as Echo Park, Silver Lake, Atwater Village, and all of Downtown have the highest concentration of pollution and are 90% more polluted than all areas.
In these areas there is a large percent of residency and in result the people in these areas are imapcted.

Cause of Ozone and Particle Pollution

There are five major common air pollutants and theses pollutants go by the name criteria pollutants consisting of;
  • Ground-level ozone,
  • Carbon monoxide,
  • Sulfur oxides,
  • Nitrogen oxides,
  • Lead.
These pollutants can harm your health and the environment and result in property damage.

Health Impacts of Ozone and Particle Pollution

Ozone or (O3) is commonly known as smog. We breath in Oxygen or (O2) which has one less atom of O3 smog. It exists in the same space as oxygen and makes its way through our bodies just as easy as air would.

It is the most dangerous pollutant in the U.S. yet is the most widespread.

It is invisible and harmful to breathe. Ozone aggressively attacks lung tissue by reacting chemically with it breaking its structure down or causing inflammation.

Particle pollution can increase the risk of heart disease, lung cancer and asthma.

It interferes with the growth and functions of the lungs and can ultimately cause death.

They are in forms of solid and liquid particles that our body naturally can fend off. But they can be in smaller sizes, as the name particles implies, and bypass our natural defenses with ease.

Ozone vs. Oxygen

The difference between ozone and oxygen is that ozone is made up of three oxygen atoms. What we breathe (molecular oxygen) or just oxygen, is made up of only two atoms.

Charles Law

Charles Law: The principle that the volume of a given mass of an ideal gas is proportional to its temperature as long as its pressure remains constant. Charles's law is a subcase of the ideal gas law.

Temperature and pressure are related to each other because they both react in accordance to their proportions. If temperatures decrease, the pressure also decreases and as the temperature increases, the pressure increases.

Pressure and Temperature

Temperature and pressure are related to each other because they both react in accordance to there proportions. If Temperature decreases, the pressure also decreases and as the temperature increases, the pressure decreases.

Inner city Los Angeles vs. Coastal Cities

The average temperature in Los Angeles ranges from 66 degrees to about 75 degrees. In comparison to Miami a coastal city with an average high of 75.6 degrees and a low of 59.5 degrees shows that our emissions play a role in increasing our average temperature. There are more businesses in Los Angeles and a bigger population making LA the area that produces more smog.


We can fix it!

In LA there is a high concentration of Ozone. Particularly in communities with minorities or people of color. There are factories and many small buisnesses concentrated in these areas of minorities. Businesses have looked towards more eco approaches and I think this is the best.