How Bad Is The Air We Breathe

Remember when you were little and your parents would tell you to get out of the house for some fresh air? Did you ever stop to think how fresh the air really is? Many of us do not realize that the air we breathe is not only full of allergens – but dozens of different types of pollutants. The level of polluted air varies depending on where you live. You will find that people who live in the country have cleaner air than those who live deep within the city.

According to statistics provided to the public by the American Lung Association more than 52% of the people who live in the United States live in an area with high levels of particle and ozone pollution. These levels are dangerously high and can pose health risks in children as well as adults. But some people are affected more than others.

The pollutants that are carried though the air are considered to be either primary or secondary. Pollutants that are primary are compounds that have been emitted directly into the air during a certain process. Secondary pollutants are created with the primary substances react or interact in a certain way. Secondary pollutants will usually create smog in heavily crowded cities.

Causes Of Pollution

  • Volcanic ash
  • Cars
  • Burning trash
  • Power plants
  • Forest fires
  • Allergens
  • Wind erosion

How To Stop Pollution

There are many things that we can do to put a stop to pollution. Obviously we should all take care when it comes to the outside world and how we should be careful that when playing with fire that we not create a forest fire that starts in our backyard. However, one of the most important and fully impacting thing that we can do is to lessen the amount of driving that we do each day. This will reduce the amount of carbon monoxide and gas emissions that is released into the air.