Air Pollution - Short Essay

Air pollution, Particulates, Atmosphere of Earth

Air Pollution

One of the most serious problems that we have is the air pollution we breathe. People can help to improve the air we breathe. In order to improve the quality of the air, we have to be more conscious about what causes this kind of pollution and the effects of it. The air pollution causes harm and discomfort to humans or other living organisms and also damages our natural environment. The saddest situation is to realize that the main causes of deterioration of our lives are caused by us. Here is the most important cause of air pollution and the effect in our quality of life.

The industry and transportation are the two main sources of air pollution. The main pollutants given off by motor vehicles which affect our health are: carbon monoxide, which is generated by vehicles that use gasoline. The hydrocarbons are formed by other petroleum products. Nitrogen oxides are not a real problem, but on contact with sunlight, they produce toxic compounds that will kill us. Excessive car use and their poor condition contribute to this pollution. Everybody has to pass the annual inspection in order to keep their cars in a good condition and in consequence helps to care our environment. These substances include various gases and tiny particles that may be harmful to human health and the environment. The greenhouse effect keeps a portion of the heat received from the sun which leave the atmosphere and go back into space. If you are at ground level, the ultraviolet rays from the sun become a very powerful pollutant, in other words it makes damage not only to humans but also plants and animals are affected, too. Increases in air pollution have been linked to breakdowns in lung function and increases in heart attacks. The most vulnerable people that are harmed are people with asthma and other lung or heart disease because their problems will increase faster than other kind of problem. The overall air quality has improved over the past 20 years, but urban areas...
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