Pollution Of Earth 's Air Essay

806 Words Apr 30th, 2015 4 Pages
In order to see the strain that we humans put on the environment around us all a person would have to do is walk about the average American city. Everywhere you look there are buildings and pavement, most places have little to no plant life, the air is hazy with pollution, and garbage and waste are being dumped into the fresh water supply. In the words of the great Jacques Cousteau, “Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans.” In making this comment, Cousteau urges us to take a closer look at what we are doing to the world around us specifically our water and air. The pollution of Earth’s air can ensue from both human and natural actions, and can worsen multiple health problems such as asthma. Some of the natural things that pollute the air consist of volcanic eruptions, forest fires, and pollen dispersal. Pollution from these natural occurrences are considered rare unlike the pollution humans create. Recently scientists have revealed that the air pollution from cars, factories and power plants is a major contributing factor of asthma attacks. An estimated 131 million Americans deal with the effects of air pollution on a daily bases. Approximately thirty percent of adolescent asthma cases are due, at least in part, to the exposure of particulate matter in the air, with an annual health care cost of around two billion dollars (Asthma). Particulate matter is an air pollution term for the mixture of solid particles and…

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