Cause of air pollution
Name: Kendra K
What causes air pollution?
Is there a formula that can explain it?
might be a source of the problem?
Do you think the United States is doing
enough to protect our environment from air pollution?
Air pollution has many causes. Ronald Reagan once remarked that trees cause
air pollution. While it is true that trees cause oxygen to be released into
the air, I do not think that fits the definition of pollution as "a resource
out of place." When we speak of air pollution , we mean gasses and dust in
the atmosphere that do not occur naturally, so this definition narrows the
source down to human activity. Many gasses that we consider to be pollution
such as the carbon dioxide and sulphur dioxide that are released by burning
fossil fuels (coal, gas, oil) also have natural sources, like volcanoes and
forest fires. Pollution of human origin is a problem because it adds more
gasses to the ecosystem than it has accumulated due to natural processes for
billions of years.
Chemists have many formulas to explain how oil gets turned
into carbon dioxide and water, for example, or other important chemical
reactions in the atmosphere such as ozone formation and depletion. Our
government has been trying to control air pollution with the Clean Air Act
(ask your Congressional Representative for more information), and by working
with other governments to keep pollution to a minimum. We cannot completely
eliminate the problem because we need transportation and electricity to live
the modern way, but we can try to limit the amount of pollution to a level
that does not cause health problems.
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Update: June 2012