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What is air pollution?

Air pollution is when unwanted chemicals, gasses, and particles enter the air and the atmosphere causing harm to animals and damaging the natural cycles of the Earth.

Natural Causes of Air Pollution

Some sources of air pollution come from nature. These include eruptions of volcanoes, dust storms, and forest fires.

Human Causes of Air Pollution

Human activity is a major cause of air pollution, especially in large cities. Human air pollution is caused by things such as factories, power plants, cars, airplanes, chemicals, fumes from spray cans, and methane gas from landfills.

Burning Fossil Fuels

One of the ways that humans cause the most air pollution is by burning fossil fuels. Fossil fuels include coal, oil, and natural gas. When we burn fossil fuels this releases all sorts of gasses into the air causing air pollution such as smog.

Effects on the Environment

Air pollution and the release of gasses into the atmosphere can have many negative effects on the environment.
Smog in a city as a result of air pollution
Smog in the city makes it hard to breathe and see

Effects on Health

Air pollution can also make people sick. It can make it difficult to breathe and cause diseases such as lung cancer, respiratory infections, and heart disease. According to the World Health Organization, 2.4 million people die each year from air pollution. Air pollution can be especially dangerous to children living in big cities with bad smog.

Air Quality Index

The Air Quality Index is a way for the government to alert people to the quality of the air and how bad the air pollution is in an area or city. They use colors to help you determine if you should go outside. Pollutants

The actual gas or substance that causes air pollution is called a pollutant. Here are some of the major pollutants: What can you do to help?

Anytime you can use less energy, like electricity or gasoline, it can help reduce air pollution. You can help by turning off the lights when leaving your room and not leaving the TV or computer on when you're not using it. Driving less helps a lot too. Be sure to talk to your parents about carpooling with friends and planning errands so that you can get them all done in a single trip. This saves money on gas as well, which everyone likes!

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