Air Pollution

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Marcela Valderrama
McCarl 4 period.
English III
February 3, 2014

Air Pollution
Air is the uttermost necessary component for living organisms, yet humans take an immense part on polluting this resource. You cannot depart it, but you can help reduce it. Being one of the vast environmental issues all over the globe, air pollution needs to be regulated by the government for the reason of its negative impact on health, animals, economy, and environment.

The first problem expressed is how air pollution is negatively affecting your health. According to Health Canada “heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, and coronary disease” (Health 1) can be various effects when exposed to air pollutants for such a prolonged period of time. It has already and is continuing to make an impact on the population averaging an estimated “5,900” (Health 1) deaths per year. Although each individual varies within response to this issue, everyone is affected by air pollution one way or another either it being internally irritating your respiratory system or a more serious matter like death. Air pollution is initiating damages to the respiratory and cardiovascular systems altering your well being due to harsh effects of air pollutants. We need to take action and find a solution to prevent further tragedies.

In a likewise manner of air pollution affecting humankind, animals are becoming extinct the longer they’re being exposed. With each category of wildlife being presented to negative air “birds are more susceptible to gaseous pollutant injury than mammals due to their higher respiratory rates” (Effects 1). Decreasing in population “surface water acidification is leading to a decline, and loss of, fish” (Effects 2). Occurring in countries worldwide the level in water has “increased fish mortality, decreased fish growth, decreased egg production and embryo survival, and result in physiological impairment of adult fish” (Effect 2). These creatures are not only being impacted by the issue of air pollution but a vast amount of different species of animals are being indirectly affected as well. The modification in vegetation can horrifically influence the future of an animal which is occurring in diverse sceneries around the globe. Inutile animals are being impacted by the appalling effects of air pollution, so more attention needs to be given to animals in pursuance of saving them from becoming extinct.

Moreover to this topic, air pollution is generating a downfall in the economy. As stated by Philippines’ World Bank “the yearly amount in health cost is $430 million dollars” (Philippine’s 1). While each factor of society is kept being affected by air pollutants, the more it is going to cost the government resulting in a decline of the economy. Not only has poor air quality’s health expenses cost an immense adjustment to the money supply but it has also threatened “the quality of life, material and vegetation damage, discouraged foreign investments” (Philippine’s 1) furthermore adding to the collapse of economy. Harmful air pollution has impacted health expenses and other various elements resulting in the deterioration of the economy, which is why we have to better the air to reduce the amount of costs caused by air pollutants.

A final component negative air has impacted is the Ecosystems ocean, land, and atmosphere. With atmospheric increases in carbon dioxide “unwanted changes in ocean acidity” (American 2) have aroused. These changes in the ocean can generate a huge problem with species of animals living in the water. Next to the environmental impact is its effect on plants. Air pollution is a major factor to the decline of forests in heavily polluted areas. The plants are impacted so much by reason of “pollutants overwhelming the plants defense mechanisms and provoking abnormal symptoms” (Zeiger 1). Moving into atmospheric impact, air pollution is negatively affecting our climate. Global warming and the ozone...
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