Air Pollution. Chapter 18-19. There is no place on Earth that isn’t affected by air pollution…. Air pollution : presence of chemicals in the atmosphere in concentrations high enough to harm organisms, ecosystems, human-made materials or to alter climate Ranges from annoying to lethal
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There is no place on Earth that isn’t affected by air pollution…
Air pollution: presence of chemicals in the atmosphere in concentrations high enough to harm organisms, ecosystems, human-made materials or to alter climate
Primary Pollutants: chemicals or substances emitted directly into the air from natural sources and human activities
** all are irritants to eyes, nose and throat, aggravate asthma and bronchitis; suppress plant growth and harm aquatic life
**Aggravate breathing problems (respiratory irritant), decrease plant growth, corrosive
**Aggravate eyes, nose, and throat, damage lungs, asthma/bronchitis, genetic mutations, and cancer (premature death)
**Reduces the amount of incoming solar radiation (weather)
**Coughing and breathing problems (asthma and emphysema), lung/heart disease, irritant; damaging to rubber and plastic
Mercury: found in coal and oil, released from fossil fuel burning, can settle out into water. Seeing bioaccumulation into food chains.