Air Pollution and Global Warming
September 30, 2012
Air pollution causes global warming through the greenhouse effect, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency. The greenhouse effect occurs when greenhouse gases trap and heat energy from the sun and prevent it from escaping Earth's atmosphere and entering space.” (EPA, 2012) Atmospheric pollutions are caused by gasses and solid particulates released into the atmosphere. The most hazard atmospheric pollutions are man made by the production of products. Pollutants are released into the air include carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides, hydrocarbons and sulfur dioxide. Side effects from global warming can be apperceived across the globe. Things such as polar ice caps melting and causing water levels to rise are one of the major most noticeable problems. Living organisms, plants, animals, and people all endure the consequences of rising water causing a chain reaction. For example, when water covers plants, it causes plants to perish. When plants die, animals loose a source of food as well as their habitat, which in return causes loss of animals. Additionally, when plants and animals die, humans lose two main food groups. When the plants and animals die, people lose two sources of food, which causes a disjunction in the food continuity and, therefore causing a chain reaction. Global warming also affects the weather, and warmer water, in turn, is increasing hurricanes and other storms. As polar caps melt, water temperatures begin to rise. “Researchers led by James Elsner, a meteorologist at Florida State University, analyzed satellite-derived data of tropical storms since 1981 and found that maximum wind speeds of the strongest storms have increased significantly in the years since, with the most notable increases found in the North Atlantic and the northern Indian oceans. They believe that rising ocean temperatures, due to global warming, are one of the main causes behind that change. (Time, 2012) Although many things cause global warming, electrical pollution is the most prominent. Many things cause global warming. The burning of fossil fuels such as petroleum and oil are very harmful to the environment. In addition, many air pollutants such as chemicals not only pollute the air, but water and land as well. 1.2 trillion gallons of untreated sewage, storm water, and industrial waste are discharged into US waters annually. Polluted drinking waters are a problem for about half of the world’s population. Each year there are about 250 million cases of water-based diseases, resulting in roughly 5 to 10 million deaths.” (Do Something Now) Global warming will continue to worsen if pollution goes unprevented. Global warming, in turn, will continual make the surface temperature melting the polar ice caps, leaving coastal cities worldwide underneath water. The human race as we know it could be destroyed along with most all living organisms. Air pollution greatly affects the health of humans. For example, ozone pollution causes repository disease, cardiovascular disease and inflammation of the throat. In addition, air pollution greatly impacts the environment as a whole. Not just humans, but all living organisms can experience and suffer from mild discomfort to deadly diseases such as cancer to physical deformities. Human daily activities have an enormous effect on pollution, and the environment as a whole. For example, industrialization and agriculture release gasses into the air that greatly damage the ozone layer. “When man started to burn more fuels to sustain the energy needs for growing cities, carbon dioxide concentrations in the air increased. During this period, starting in the mid-1970s, the average surface temperature of the earth also inched upwards.” (Top Environmental Issues, 2012) Even though precautions have been put in place to attempt to reverse damage to the ozone layer, more must be done to...
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