Problems Caused by Air Pollution

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Problems Caused By Air Pollution Some people think that air pollution is not harming the earth or the people, but it is doing worse, by killing the earth and getting people sick. "Air pollutants," according to Gay, "are known to cause respiratory diseases, cancer, and other serious illnesses" (12). Air pollution not only threatens the health and life of humans but also causes damage to the environment (Gay 13). First, air pollution causes a great deal of health problems. Wanting clean air is a good reason because air that is polluted can damage human health (Edelson 25). In the United States many health problems have occurred because of air pollution. According to Sproull, "For more than a decade, local residents in the tri-state…show more content…
Fresh paint on buildings and new cars fades quickly due to acid rain (Gay 26). Acid rain may also be damaging crops (Edelson 42). Dust settling, from nearby dust sources, also cause damage to crops (Sproull 111). Visible damage is cause by such heavy dustfall to pine trees, alfalfa, cherry trees, beans, oats, and citrus trees (Sproull 111). Concentrations as low as only a few micrograms per cubic meter of "fluorides" injure various plants (Sproull 112). Dusts of aluminum fluoride, cryolite, calcium fluoride, and apatite, and such gases as hydrogen fluoride, silicon tetrafluoride, carbon tetrafluoride, and fluorine are all included as fluorides (Sproull 112). Trees are dying because of air pollution. The German Ministry of Food, Agriculture, and Forestry say that the primary cause of damage to more than half of forested regions of West Germany in 1988 was air pollution (Edelson 37). Ponderosa pine forests have been severely damaged by air pollution (Sproull 111). Artwork and history is being erased as air pollution causes them to deteriorate (Edelson 45). The Mellon Institute had study of economic losses in Pittsburgh in 1912-13 due to air pollution, indicated annual losses about $10 or $20 million per person (Sproull 46-7). Air pollution is killing the environment and property. In conclusion, air pollution is killing the earth and its people. In order to stop the killing of the earth and its people by air pollution, the people must become involved. A

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