Some people think that air pollution is not harming the earth or the
people, but it is doing worse, by killing the earth and getting people sick.
"Air pollutants," according to Gay, "are known to cause respiratory diseases,
cancer, and other serious illnesses" (12). Air pollution not only threatens the
health and life of humans but also causes damage to the environment (Gay 13).
First, air pollution causes a great deal of health problems. Wanting
clean air is a good reason because air that is polluted can damage human health
(Edelson 25). In the United States many health problems have occurred because
of air pollution. According to Sproull, "For more than a decade, local
residents in the tri-state valley bounded by Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia
have claimed to suffer from health problems, including rashes, respiratory
problems and even cancers" (D4). In 1948, in the industrial town of Donora,
Pennsylvania, which sits in a valley, had twenty deaths, and nearly 6,000
residents, or 40% of the population, suffered respiratory problems (Edelson 25,
26). New York experienced several killer smogs, which in a later analysis
attributed, from the usually severe pollution, 58 deaths (Edelson 26). Not only
in the United States are health problems caused by air pollution showing up, but
they are also showing up in other parts of the world, like Europe. In 1930, in
Belgium's Meuse River valley, a major industrial region, where the primary fuel
was coal reported sixty deaths, and about 6,000 residents of the valley became
ill with breathing problems and respiratory infections (Edelson 25). In
December 1952, the toll was huge in London from the infamous smog, which caused
up to 4,000 deaths, when levels of sulfur oxides and particulates rose above
normal (Edelson 26). Air pollution also increased deaths from chronic lung
disease in the United States. "Although statistics on the physical effects of
air pollution are not easily... [continues]
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