How Air Quality Effects The U.S.

James Little

Causes Of Air Pollution And Health Risks

Much of the air pollution on Earth today comes from the people that live on it. There are many different sources of air pollution, which include off and on road vehicles, factories, energy sources, and consumer products. The amount of people in an area has a great impact on air quality as well. That is why big cities have the most pollution than most places on earth. The health risks that go along with pollution can be very dangerous to people with asthma and relating lung diseases. These people have a difficult time breathing, so when you add the pollution the effects could lead to consequences as harmful as death.

It is important for everyone to help prevent this problem as much as possible. A big way to help this problem is by cutting down on the amount of industrial work. If less of this is being done there will be less chemicals like Lead, Sulfur Dioxide, Nitrogen Oxides, Particulate Matter in the atmosphere. It is also important to make sure you only drive when it is necessary. When driving you release bad ozone into the atmosphere. Bad ozone is considered an air pollutant, unlike good ozone which protects us from the sun's ultraviolet radiation.

Particulate Matter is is a mixture of small particles and liquid droplets. Acids, organic chemicals, metals, and soil or dust particles are all components of Particulate Matter. The sources of this pollution are from automobile exhaust, power plants, and automobile exhaust. Particulate Matter is known to be found in haze and smoke. This is dangerous to the environment because both of these contribute to global warming. It is also harmful to human, this is caused because the particles are able to do severe to the lungs and heart and can be lethal in large amounts. Some easy ways we can do to protect against Particulate Matter is by limiting the use of products that cause fumes, conserve energy at home to reduce demands on power plants, and don't burn yard waste.

Steps To Take When Facing Poor Air Quality

In some places there is no escape to bad air quality, especially if you are going to school or work everyday. The only thing you can do is minimize the amount of damage caused by it. The first step to recognize your air quality is to know where you live. If you live in a big city like Los Angeles, California you may even be able to see the amount of ozone in the air each morning. This can be a big problem for people who have asthma, or any other respiratory problems. Usually you will be able to tune in to your local weather station or radio station they will give you an update on ozone levels. If you think you should go out and you have respiratory problems, one way to cope with it is to reduce excessive amounts of exposure on that day if you think it will cause symptoms. If you have an inhaler it is important to make sure you have it with you. If you start experiencing your symptoms it is important to use it so you can ease the lung inflammation. Not only to inhalers work but you can also buy over-the-counter medications are known to treat this as well. Finally in you feel like you need to exercise on a day you think will start symptoms there are ways to reduce the risk. First of all if you want to go for a run, try walking so you can reduce exertion. It is also important if you are exercising next to a busy road that you know which way the wind is blowing. Doctors recommend that you travel up wind to avoid getting hit directly with the air pollution. If you follow these steps you are sure to have no problems navigating a day with bad air pollution.

Yellow Stone's Air Quality

Usually when think of a national park you see mind blowing views and clean air. However, in Yellowstone National Park is in an area with a great number of pollutants. These include power plants, agricultural areas, industries, and oil and gas development. Since Yellowstone is a national park the pollution will affect the visibility, vegetation, and surface waters. It will also affect the thousands of tourists they have every year. Some ways the pollution is affect the park are the nitrogen in wet deposits are increasing which may affect the high elevation lakes and vegetation, geothermal emit harmful chemicals which contribute to mercury deposition, fine particles in the air usually create haze within the park which affects the visibility inside the park, and even though there are low ground level ozone levels in the park, they have very sensitive plants that get injured very easily to little exposure to the pollution. The park obviously doesn't want to lose the tourists to these problems, so they have taken some measures to decrease the amount of damage done. Some of the ways they protect the park is by monitoring the amount of nitrogen, sulfur, mercury, ozone, fine particles, and haze to make sure they're at safe levels, they evaluate the impact of air pollution within the park's ecosystem, work with federal, state, and local agencies to develop strategies on how to reduce the pollution, and reducing emissions through landmark recycling efforts, using alternative fuels, using hybrid vehicles, and reducing emissions in all operation across the entire park's ecosystem. In conclusion all national parks are not pollution free, they have to deal with the same problems as we do. The only difference between us and them is they're in a location that is easier to work with an us.


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