The Effects Of Air Pollution On Human Health Essay

1283 Words Jan 7th, 2016 null Page
Most people do not think about what they are breathing in every day they’re outside. Chances are you did not realize you are breathing in carbon monoxide, a clear gas that blocks oxygen to the brain and can kill a human. With over 1 billion cars on the road every day, the impacts on breathing are astronomical. Millions of Americans everyday breathe in the toxic gas that is emitted from the tailpipes of cars, planes, trucks, buses etc. And slowly it is taking its toll, causing diseases, sicknesses, even cancer. Along with harming human health, air pollution can cause a variety of environmental effects, one example being acid rain (“Air pollutants smog and acid rain 1”). Acid rain is precipitation containing harmful amounts of nitric and sulfuric acids. These acids are formed primarily by nitrogen oxides and sulfur oxides released into the atmosphere when fossil fuels are burned (Emission Control 1). Due to the over abundance of motor vehicles and the simple need to travel, the transition to a non fossil fuel burning transportation system is necessary to preserve the environment as well as human life.
As the world continues to better itself and become more efficient, there are still major issues that are being overlooked. Some issues regarding emissions include the Volkswagen Scandal which involved the German company activating emission controls to meet laboratory test standards with nitrogen oxides, but in real driving emit up to 40x more; test manipulation is a growing…

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