Air Quality (Environmental Issues) by Yael Calhoun

By Yael Calhoun

Ever because the business Revolution, air caliber has been slowly constructing into essentially the most urgent matters dealing with either the USA and the area. As pollutants fromn undefined, autos, and chemical compounds has elevated, evnironmental advocates became extra vocal of their calls for for laws.

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How much air do you breathe each day? An adult takes in about 3,000 gallons of air every day. Children breathe even more. When there are pollutants in that air, health problems result. The following article outlines some scientific research that links cases of asthma to air pollution. The problem is of such significance that in May 2004 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched Asthma Awareness Month, to help the 20 million Americans who suffer from asthma. 1 So what makes up this dirty air we call “smog”?

Nicotine causes a short-term increase in blood pressure, heart rate and blood flow from the heart. It can also cause arteries to narrow. The carbon monoxide reduces the amount of oxygen the blood can carry. When combined with nicotine’s effects, this creates an imbalance between cells’ increased demand for oxygen and the reduced amount of oxygen that the blood can supply. NITROGEN DIOXIDE Nitrogen dioxide (NO2) is a precursor to ozone (O3) formation. Current efforts to reduce ozone levels also target reductions in NO2 levels.

Breathing contaminated air. • Eating contaminated food products, such as fish from contaminated waters; meat, milk, or eggs from animals that fed on contaminated plants; and fruits and vegetables grown in contaminated soil on which air toxics have been deposited. • Drinking water contaminated by toxic air pollutants. • Ingesting contaminated soil. Young children are especially vulnerable because they often ingest soil from their hands or from objects they place in their mouths. • Touching (making skin contact with) contaminated soil, dust, or water (for example, during recreational use of contaminated water bodies).

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