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How Does The Air Pollution Affect Our Health?

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Stinky air and polluted skies ,yes it is pollution— air pollution roots obnoxious sights and order, but it can have more severe effects too. Air pollution — a universal term referring to extreme or harmful amounts of some additional substances in the air. Air pollution has been associated to severe health problems and diseases, such as cancer, unproductiveness, and birth defects. Air pollution is mainly a product of human activities: cars, power plants, and industrial units and factories are just a few of the sources of harmful chemicals in the air.

Air pollution affects us strongly when we breathe, but it approaches us in other ways as well. Polluted air can contaminate land and water bodies with poisonous chemicals. Plants or crops that are cultivated in contaminated lands also carry these chemicals and bypass them onto animals that consume them. Thus, deadly chemicals penetrate into our bodies through the foodstuff we intake and the water we drink. Being educated and well learned human beings we should take strong measures against the pollution.

Air pollution and global warming are complex and hot topics. If you're interested to learn more, many online resources are accessible.
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Air pullution can cause cancer. The effects of it are coughing up blood or even lung cancer and shortness of breath easily
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Clean air is beneficial to life, but much of the air we breathe in is not clean. It contains chemicals that actually may be harmful to us. Air pollution refers as the condition in which air contains a high concentration of certain chemicals that may harm living things and also damage non-living things too.

This deadly pollution is caused by solid particles and poisonous gases in the air that is fatal to health, which are known as air pollutants, including carbon monoxide, oxides of nitrogen and sulfur dioxide.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is actually a poisonous gas that is colorless and odorless. It is produced by the incomplete combustion of carbon-contaminating fuels. Much of the carbon monoxide in the air comes from the incomplete combustion of petrol in car engines.

Oxides of nitrogen (NO, NO2) are produced in two ways:
  • In a car engine or car factory, where the temperature is very high, nitrogen combines with oxygen in the air to form nitrogen monoxide. Nitrogen monoxide, a colorless gas reacts with oxygen to form a brown gas, nitrogen dioxide
  • During loud thunderstorms, the heat energy released by the flashes of light causes nitrogen and oxygen in the air to react together to form oxides, like nitrogen monoxide and nitrogen dioxide.
The major source of sulfur dioxide is the combustion of fossil duels such as coal, crude oil (petroleum) and natural gas. Fossil fuels contain sulfur. When they are burnt, sulfur is converted to sulfur dioxide. This compound is also produced in huge quantities during volcanic eruptions.

Other than these air pollutants, hydrocarbons, methane, lead and ozone have a negative impact to the environment. Unburnt hydrocarbons and lead are released in car exhaust. Methane is a colorless and odorless gas produced when plant and animal matter decay. It is also produced from the decay of rubbish in landfills.

Air pollutants affects human health and the environment in many ways. Carbon monoxide reacts with hemoglobin to form carboxyhemoglobin. As a result, hemoglobin cannot transport oxygen to the rest of the body. It causes headaches, fatigue, breathing difficulties and also death. Nitrogen monoxide and nitrogen dioxide irritate the eyes and cause breathing difficulties by irritating the lungs. High levels of sulfur dioxide and oxides of nitrogen also lead to inflammation of the lungs. They form acid rain,  which destroys buildings, aquatic life and many plants.
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Air pollution affects our body  because it makes our organs all slimy with saliva.Our liver works the hardest to get rid of all the bad toxins and can give up on you if you smoke or breath in too much bad air. (polluted air)
It makes your lungs pitch black wich can cause lung cancer.You can also get other serious cancers from pollution.
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Air pollution has harmful gases likr smoke and dust which are very harmful for our respiratory system.
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In the UK, the main outdoor air pollutants that are irritating to living plants and people are
Nitrous Oxide (N20)
Carbon Monoxide (CO)
Ozone (O3)

Ozone is a lung irritant, is associated with worse asthma attacks, and occurs in higher concentrations in rural areas.  

N2O and CO are mostly by-products of incomplete combustion in motor vehicle engines.  N2O is a known respiratory irritant (may make asthma attacks more severe).  CO is basically a poison; it permanently binds to oxygen receptors in red blood cells effectively preventing them from carrying oxygen around the body to cells that need it.

The 'green-house' gases (GHGs) associated with rising global temperatures (climate change) could also be termed air pollution.  The main GHGs are Carbon Dioxide, Nitrous Oxide and Methane.

The earth's 'unpolluted' atmosphere is about 78% nitrogen, 21% oxygen , and 1% other gases, see
www.ifa.ukf.net

Note that in some cases indoor air pollution, from volatile organic compounds, cigarettes and other household chemicals may be much worse for human health than the air outside.
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Human beings won’t be able to live without air. If the air you breathe is polluted, your lungs will react to the pollution. This can range to infections to lung cancer. The people with an illness, like asthma, they often find out that they aren’t able to go outdoors during times of pollution; this also can cause breathing problems, coughing and burning eyes.

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