The effects of air pollution are more far reaching than most people recognize. Not only does it impact our breathing, but also the planet’s temperature and the health of plants and animals everywhere. It’s up to each person to do their part to create clean air. Don’t just rely on the government and industry to make changes, you have to do your part first. Demand better controls from industry and more care from your government.
How much do you know about air pollution? The effects of air pollution are more than just breathing related. Air pollution has longer, more far-reaching consequences on the environment and in the world in which we live than we can even imagine. It’s important to learn about the causes of air pollution, its prevent it and its consequences. Education is the key to decreasing air pollution and its affects all over the world.
The causes of air pollution are both manmade and natural. Air pollution can never be completely eradicated, but it can be decreased enough so that it does not cause as many environmental problems as it does. Unfortunately, though, decreasing air pollution takes either sacrifice or a new way of living, and many people are not willing to make the changes. Most people aren’t willing, for example, to sacrifice their gas burning cars or other conveniences, either because they do not feel that air pollution affects them or they don’t think they can afford a different way. This kind of thinking is why air pollution is not on the forefront of governmental policy and in the minds of people.
What are the effects of air pollution? The three most common environmental effects are:
- the greenhouse effect
- acid rain
What do these effects do to the environment?
The greenhouse effect occurs when gases from pollution trap the warmth of the sun inside of the earth’s atmosphere. This causes the Earth to be warmer, causing polar ice cap melting weather variations. The future effect of this could be worldwide flooding and famine.
Smog is created when nitrogen oxide combines with hydrocarbons from the burning of fossil fuels, such as from automobile exhaust, industrial use, and other burning. This smog causes haziness in the air and breathing problems for plants, animals, and people.
The buildup of acids in the atmosphere help to add to the acid rain problem. This acidic rain, snow, or fog affects the plants severely as well as fish and other creatures that drink from streams, lakes, or rivers that have the acidic rain in them. It also can have an effect on the health of people who drink from these polluted rivers, lakes, or streams.
The health effects of air pollution are pretty significant when you remember that the average human adult breathes in 3,000 gallons of air each day and a child breathes in even more air per pound of body weight. This is probably why many pediatricians are seeing an increase in the incidence of asthma and breathing problems in children as young as infants. No one can foresee what the effects of air pollution are going to be as far as long-term health problems and even longetivity in these children who have grown up during this time. That’s why it is important to find ways to decrease air pollution. No sacrifice is big enough when you think about helping your children, grandchildren, and future generations be healthier and enjoy the world and their life more fully.
Learn more about air pollution, and how to prevent and decrease it. Be proactive by making changes in your life to do your part to create cleaner air in your area. You and your children’s children will be glad you did.