The Causes And Effects Of Air Pollution On The World

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Imagine a world ruled by smog; the skies trapped in a blanket of smoke from the industrialized environment, and the air is toxic to breathe. Is this a world you would want to live? Probably not, but that is the reality for most cities around the world. As our world becomes more industrialized, Air pollution takes a toll on the environment and in effect it begins to impact our health. Air Pollution is a rising concern around the world because some countries have it worse than America.

In this day and age, Air Pollution is very common especially among the busy cities of the world. There are many different types of Air pollution; Smog, Acid rain, methane and outdoor air pollution are the biggest contributors to air pollution. Smog is the
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Some of the problems caused by pollutants include lung disease, heart disease, and respiratory illnesses, all of which that could to death. Also, another big problem that can occur with the exposure of pollution is cancer, but that varies on the type of pollution you 're being exposed to (Collin). In addition, if air pollution is not taken seriously, it will only get worse. For example, in some of China 's cities, pollution is so bad that the citizens have to stop for oxygen break at an oxygen station deployed in the city. In fact, according to China 's organization (Ministry of Environmental Protection), the air in some cities in the country has met the Air standards making the country an environmental crisis. In addition, because of the rising Air pollution in China, more than 10 million cans of oxygen cans were sold last year (Hills, Suzannah). Oxygen in a can is just one example of how the effects of pollution can have on people living in a smog dense …show more content…
One of the biggest cases in U.S history involved the banishment of leaded gas in the environment. Leaded gas in US wasn 't banned until a man named Dr. Patterson, brought the issue into awareness to American people. Dr. Patterson, a chemist, found out that lead was not only bad but extremely dangerous. In 1922, Lead was introduced into gasoline for the purpose of high-performance vehicles and in effect raised concern for public health. Lead wasn’t seriously considered even after five workers in New Jersey died. Four of the five workers reported going insane before dying and in result two states banned the use of lead in gasoline; those states were New York City and Philadelphia. It wasn 't until 1965 that a geochemist named Clair Patterson, provided evidence of how lead affected Americans. He stated that Americans had lead in their system that was 100 times worse than normal levels. It wasn 't until 1970 that Nixon signed the Clean Air Act, forming the Environmental Protect Agency known as the EPA. It wasn 't until 1990 that the U.S made amendments to the Clean Air Acts in order to ban lead in gasoline. Air pollution regulations have improved since 1970 and evidence in a 2002 study proved that lead levels in a person 's body greatly decreased by 80 percent from 1976 to 1999

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