Global Issue- Air Pollution
by: Jordan Jones
Air pollution is one of the most serious problems in the world. Air pollution is a substance of chemicals or biological materials in which has harmful and poisonous effects to the air that we breathe. Air pollution is a problem because it damages to animals, trees, plants, crops, and water in our environment. Air pollution affects the environment by causing acid rain, reducing visibility, damaging plants and animals, and contributing to climate change.
If air pollution continues to increase, then the air we breathe will be dirty and very unhealthy. Air pollution is a major environmental risk to health. By reducing air pollution levels, people can get heart disease, lung cancer, and both chronic and acute respiratory diseases, including asthma.
Power plants use fossil fuels, such as coal, oil, and natural gas, which are finite in supply. These fuels cause a variety of health and environmental problems and are not a long-term solution to energy needs.
- A car emits carbon monoxide when the carbon in fuel doesn't burn completely.
- A car's exhaust emits hydrocarbons, a toxic compound of hydrogen and carbon.
- When fuel burns, nitrogen and oxygen react with each other and form nitrogen oxides (NOx).
- Particulate matter -- small particles of foreign substances -- in the air contribute to atmospheric haze and can damage people’s lungs.
- wildfires destroy the earth by destroying animals' homes
- we have less wood because of wildfire, obliterating resources
- erosion occurs more (trees help decrease erosion)
Effects of Air Pollution
Chemical reactions involving air pollutants can create acidic compounds which can cause harm to vegetation and buildings. Sometimes, when an air pollutant, such as sulfuric acid combines with the water droplets that make up clouds, the water droplets become acidic, forming acid rain. When acid rain falls over an area, it can kill trees and harm animals, fish, and other wildlife.
Crop and Forest Damage
Agricultural crop and commercial forest yields, reduced growth and survivability of tree seedlings, and increased plant susceptibility to disease, pests and other environmental stresses
Long-term health effects can include chronic respiratory disease, lung cancer, heart disease, and even damage to the brain, nerves, liver, or kidneys. Continual exposure to air pollution affects the lungs of growing children and may aggravate or complicate medical conditions in the elderly.
Crop and Forest Damage
STOP AIR POLLUTION
- Use public mode of transportation: Encourage people to use more and more public modes of transportation to reduce pollution
- Conserve energy
- Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
- Use electric cars
- Stop burning wood
- Stop mixing chemicals