Big name companies are beginning to make serious commitments to pollution control within their industries, excellent results being achieved by curbing carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides within these global industrial powers. However, using strategies that will control the ozone in the lower atmosphere, scientists are still finding it difficult at best to quantify the short-lived pollutants’ effects for green house issues. And the two main gases, nitrogen oxides and carbon monoxideare controlling, through tropospheric chemistry, the “major” greenhouse gases of methane, hydrofluorocarbons, and the ozone. In a nutshell, this is what pollution control is all about.
In the present 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, scientists are using this world-wide event as an excellent opportunity to observe different forms of pollution control and its effects. They are looking at what types of atmospheric response will develop in an overly-populated region with the curbing of everyday industrial emissions. This involves a study called “Cheju ABD Plume-Monsoon Experiment”, including a series of flights that will be specially equipped unmanned aircraft developed in La Jolla, CA, referred to as autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles (AUAVs). It will be fascinating to see what the results are from this study after the Olympics are over.
But let us look at the other side of the coin of pollution control, that of the average person. What can they do for their share in saving the world, is there a blueprint or a step-by-step ladder to follow? According to air quality inspector Mark Elliott, the average person spends about 90% of their time in the home, with many home constructions containing over 3,000 building products that contain asbestos at one time or another. Knowledge and research are the number one enemies in developing a working plan for pollution control among individual areas, beginning first within the home. What may be bad in one location may not be in another, so researching toxics and different ways to combat pollution is a one-person battle, with each person doing their part. Surrounding the average citizen on a larger scale are roadways and distribution centers, dry cleaners, marine ports, and airports.
Some states have formed Environmental Quality Councils or Acts (i.e. Wyoming Environmental Quality Council, California Environmental Quality Act). These form different levels of pollution control within their states on an individual level. California has “an emphasis on the process and technical needs for environmental impact assessment” whereas the big state of Wyoming has a huge agenda:
“Whereas pollution of the air, water and land of this state will imperil public health and welfare, create public or private nuisances, be harmful to wildlife, fish and aquatic life, and impair domestic, agricultural, industrial, recreational and other beneficial uses; it is hereby declared to be the policy and purpose of this act to enable the state to prevent, reduce and eliminate pollution; to preserve, and enhance the air, water and reclaim the land of Wyoming..”