Thursday, November 4, 2010
What are the main dangers of air pollution?
As many of you already know clean air is one of the main prerequisites for healthy life, and every living creature on our planet has a need for clean, breathable air. Unfortunately not all living creatures have the fortune to breath clean air, and despite significant global efforts air pollution is still serious issue in many parts of the world.
Most affected are large cities, especially in China, where millions of people have already died because of massive air pollution. In US for instance, California is well know for its air pollution problems.
Many different dangers are connected with air pollution, and here are the main ones:
1. Serious health issues in form of heart and lungs damage. Breathing polluted air is somewhat similar to smoking, and harmful particles of air pollution can just like cigarettes create conditions to develop heart and lung disease that could eventually prove fatal. The people who already suffer from asthma, allergies, and diseases resulting in breathing problems are usually the worst affected.
2. Air pollution can result in death of many plants because plants take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen, in the process known as photosynthesis. In cases of serious air pollution plants will not only take carbon but different pollutants from the air as well which can cause serious damage to plant's cells, and thus lead to the death of the plant.
3. There is also the danger of mixing up the moisture from the pollutants in the air. The combination of these two can create other serious environmental problems such as acid rain which not only kills trees and plants but can also lead to groundwater pollution.
4. The air pollution can also become significant contributing factor to water and soil pollution, resulting in a massive multidimensional pollution of certain ecosystem.