Carbon Monoxide And Its Effects On The Environment

1677 Words Jul 28th, 2016 7 Pages
In a world filled with so many kinds of toxins and pollutants it is difficult to know the full extent of their effects on the environment. One of these toxins among the many is carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is a gaseous chemical toxin that is emitted into the air through human activity. The emission of carbon monoxide is negative one not only on the environment but to animals, plants, and humans alike. In some instances, the effects of these emissions are irreversible. In this essay, the effects of carbon monoxide, its classification, and source will be explored. These effects include the environmental, ecological, economical and health effects along with the way the toxin moves through the environment. Finally, a solution to carbon monoxide’s negative impact on the environment will presented.
Chemical Makeup and Classification In order to understand carbon monoxide’s role and impact on the environment, one must first know its chemical and atomic makeup. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, and highly toxic gas composed of an atom of carbon and an atom of oxygen chemically bonded together (Schwartz, 2016). Not only is it highly toxic, it is also highly flammable. The specific classification of carbon monoxide is classified as a primary pollutant. A primary pollutant is described as a pollutant that goes directly from a source to the air (Withgott & Laposata, 2015). Also, according to the EPA, carbon monoxide is a criteria pollutant and is one of 5…
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