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Air Pollution and Your Health

Much of air pollution comes from humans introducing into the air, chemicals, particles, or even biological matter that causes harm to living organisms. Found in the air are many foreign substances that can impair the health of humans, other animals, and plants, and we call these substances air pollutants.

Air pollution is caused when, either these substances are released as a direct result of a process, or when pollutants are caused by interaction with another pollutant in the air. These types are referred to as primary and secondary pollutants and they are both very bad news for your health. An example of primary air pollution is when a car is running, and as a result of this process produces exhaust, which releases carbon monoxide. It can also be caused by an erupting volcano releasing ash into the air. Even something you think of as normal, like ash, is considered a pollutant. Interestingly the ash produced from a barbecue grill or a chimney, is also considered air pollution. However when the pollutants do not arise from doing something, and instead come from interacting with other pollutants in the air to form a new substance, this is a secondary source of air pollution.

Air pollution is a serous cause for concern, especially when it comes to your health. This terrible problem is getting worse every day because the source for air pollution is things we do each day, like manufacturing things, and driving to work. If pollution continues going as it the current rate we will see severe health problems for us, and even the next generations, and this is a very scary thought. Air pollution can cause respiratory disease and even death. Although we usually think of big nasty factories as our worst enemy, some of the most awful sources of air pollution are the types that are moving, like automobiles. For this reason many people who have a very long way to commute to work, use things like car pools. Car pools help to keep some extra pollution for getting into the air, so the more people not driving each day, the better. Little steps like this one, done by everyone, would drastically reduce the amounts of pollutants released into our air each day. Everyone has dreams of breathing pollution free air and getting rid of the bad effects that the pollutants can cause like respiratory disease. If we ever want to see this day, we must all work together to make our air a little cleaner each and every day.