The rising issue of CO2 emissions in the United States is a problem that we cannot ignore any longer. The main sources of carbon dioxide emissions come from the combustion of fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gas. These emissions also come from everyday use of electricity, transportation and industry. Automobiles, large highways, and leaving your lights in your house on are all everyday examples that emit carbon dioxide. (EPA, "Overview of Greenhouse Gases") Carbon dioxide emissions, which have increased by 7% in the U.S. since 1990, are a dangerous and potent greenhouse gas yielded at a higher rate through coal burning than most other natural gas burning. Increased levels of carbon dioxide can lead to climate change and an increased
Air pollution situation is created by the release of pollutants into the air .These substances are detrimental to human health and the planet as a whole. When air becomes contaminated or polluted, it becomes hazard to humankind and other living species on the earth. The use of energy and different forms of gaseous emissions is the reason for air pollution. According to John Walke, director of the Clean Air Project, part of the Climate and Clean Air program at NRDC. “Burning fossil fuels releases gases and chemicals into the air.” Air pollutants are identified as an indicator of air quality are nitrogen oxides (NO2), sulphur oxides (SO2), carbon monoxides (CO), ozone (O3), particulate matter (PM10) and lead (Pb). SO2, NO2, CO and PM10. These are well recognized as sources emitted from the combustion of fuels used in power and desalination plants (Brunekreef, B., & Holgate, S. T.,2002).
Air pollution is a major threat to the atmosphere, causing damages to the environment by emitting harmful substance to human health. Alberta has become a vulnerable society that has resulted in an increase rate of illness caused by poor air quality from asthma to lung cancer. Although Alberta is one of Canada’s largest growing industries, Alberta produces the most greenhouse gas emissions, which has made Alberta to position as the worst air quality management in the Canadian Ambient Air Quality Standards (CAAQS) (Esrd.alberta.ca).
There are two main types of air pollution, particulate matter (PM) and ozone. Particulate matter is some tiny dust. For example, according to a beam of light at night there are countless dusts floating in the air. They are particle. Ozone is an invisible chemical gas in the air. When these gas touch with light will become smog. Factory and vehicles exhaust emissions have become the largest cause of PM and ozone pollution in the United States. If a plant wants to run, they need to burn fuel to provide power; however, a lot of particulate matter will float in the air when the factory burns fuel. When people drive cars can
Another reason is by using natural gas in making electricity instead of coal because coal emits a huge supply of carbon dioxide into the air. So by using natural gas instead of coal it would reduce air pollution as a whole.
Even if all countries in the world contribute to the air pollution, the developed countries take the leading role on releasing carbon monoxide in the air. This toxic air increases risk of the ozone layer depletion, which potentially would expose UVB radiation at the earth. This UVB radiation has negative consequences on humans, animals, plants and other planetary creatures. In addition to UVB radiation the polluted air by itself can cause serious health problems for humankind. Moreover, this process would cause the earth to become warmer which consequence of global warming. Industries and transportation takes the first place for the source of emissions of air
Pollution is a becoming a major factor for Canadians living across Canada. Toronto’s air quality is highly polluted from factories, cars, household furnaces, industrial plants and power stations. (Hanna, Kevin) Many air
It’s a good thing that the U.S came up with laws that limit air pollution. Congress made the Clean Air Act in 1970 to protect public health from different types of air pollution caused by different pollution sources. What the act does is sets standards for air quality to limit the amount of pollutants to specific levels. It sets certain limits for governments and industries to pollute at a certain rate. I think that in the world we live in today, how industrialized it is, it is important to know how polluted the air you breathe in is. So, how polluted is East Los Angeles’
Chapter 19th of the textbook, “Air Pollution Policy in Canada: Government Leadership or Smoke and Mirrors?” written by Owen Temby, Don Munton and Ingur Weibust, mainly focuses on dealing with trans-boundary air pollution and how it has been one of the concerning issues of Canada since 1970 because of the federal government in past few years.
This discussion paper will identify the relationship between air pollution in the city of Toronto and its health impact on the local population. Then this paper will identify the cause of the air pollution in Toronto and the current policies established to counter this problem. Finally the paper will propose a policy that can work in conjunction with some of the current initiatives and will provide explanation of this policy and its advantages over other alternatives.
Regional air quality is considerably impacted by flow of air pollutants from long distances; originating from Asia can impact air quality in North America. Pollutants originating from United States are believed to be responsible for high ozone levels in southwestern Ontario. During smog episodes in Ontario, these trans-boundary pollutants can be responsible for almost 90 percent of the ozone in areas like Port Huron and Simcoe (North Lake Erie), Parry Sound (East Lake Huron and Georgian Bay) and Windsor (extreme southwest). To a small extent pollutants originating from Ontario impact air quality in Quebec, Maritime provinces and U.S New England states.
Many countries in world have started facing poor air quality issues due to excessive use of coal for electricity generation. In addition to this, air pollution generated by fossil fuel vehicles is also adding to the troubles. Premature deaths and serious health issues are on rise due to highly polluted air.
Particulates and air pollution are also very harmful to the environment. Excessive air pollution and emissions of gases such as sulphur dioxide can cause acid rain, which acidifies the soil, rendering it unsuitable for growth of crops and greenery. Much of the harmful gases come from manmade sources, such as power plants, factories and vehicles. Particulates also a cause of smog, which can cause plenty of ill effects. Exposure to the ozone, carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide contained in the smog can cause inflamed lung passages and pain while inhaling. Cleaner air can help a city economically. In recent years, many expatriates have returned to their country of origin due to the deteriorating quality of the air in Hong Kong, reducing the skilled workforce available in the city. In 2005, US$300 million was lost due to medical bills and lost productivity caused by the bad air pollution. Prospective new hires are even turning down job offers because of