Air Pollution Control And Its Effect On The Living System Essay

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1. Introduction
Air is one of the most important constituents of man’s environment. An average human being requires about 12kg of air each day, which is nearly 12 to 15 times greater than the amount of food consumed. Clean and pure air is very essential for human health and survival. Any change in the natural and normal composition of air may adversely affect the living system, particularly the human life invariably

What is Air Pollution?

Air pollution is defined as the presence in the outdoor atmosphere of one or more contaminants such as fumes, dust, gases, mist, odor, smoke, smog or vapors in considerable quantities and duration which is injurious to human, animal and plant life or which unreasonably interferes with the comfortable enjoyment of life and property.

2. Contact the pollution control authorities in your community for the levels or air pollutants. Identify main air pollutants and the possible causes of air pollution.
The main air pollutants I identified after contacting our local air pollution control NAPC (Nigeria air pollution control) are:
Carbon monoxide: It is a colorless, odorless, and non-irritating but very poisonous gas. It is produced by incomplete combustion of fuel such as natural gas, coal or wood. Vehicular exhaust is a major source of carbon monoxide.
Nitrogen Oxides (NOx): Nitrogen dioxide are emitted from high temperature combustion, it is one of the several nitrogen oxides. This reddish-brown toxic gas has a characteristic sharp, biting…

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