Air Pollution and Global Warming - Summary

1696 Words Sep 30th, 2012 7 Pages
Air Pollution and Global Warming
SCI 275
Cheryl Wilson
September 30, 2012
Tori Robinson

Air pollution causes global warming through the greenhouse effect, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency. The greenhouse effect occurs when greenhouse gases trap and heat energy from the sun and prevent it from escaping Earth's atmosphere and entering space.” (EPA, 2012)
Atmospheric pollutions are caused by gasses and solid particulates released into the atmosphere. The most hazard atmospheric pollutions are man made by the production of products. Pollutants are released into the air include carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides, hydrocarbons and sulfur dioxide.
Side effects from global warming can be apperceived across the globe.
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Animals commonly fall victim to acid rain which is created by sulfur in the air caused by the burning of coal. Sulfur is conducted in vesicles of rain poisoning streams, drinking water supplies, soil, and injuring wildlife.
Transportation modes, industrialization and power plants are also major sources of air pollutants from human activities. Furthermore, natural causes contribute to air pollution. For example, volcanic eruptions release large amounts of gases and particulate matter in the air, storms producing pollen grains, and methane gas from marshes.
The US contains 4% of the world's population but produces about 25% of all carbon dioxide emissions. By comparison, Britain emits 3% about the same as India, which has 15 times as many people.” (BBC, 2009) We, as Americans, must have strategies and solutions for reducing and eliminating pollution and in turn global warming begin on an individual level. Each person must first be responsible for his or her own action. For example, disposing of household chemicals properly, recycling and living as energy as efficiently as possible are effective ways for individuals to reduce pollution. Also, people should hold the federal government and local state governments accountable for monitoring and mandating industrial company’s actions. For example, the EPA is responsible for constituting unassailable and equalizes clean air levels. In 1967, Congress passed the Air Quality Act that set forth outlines for air
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