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Cause and Effect of Air pollution With the great concern surrounding the destruction of the earths atmosphere due to air pollution the immediate and direct harm caused to the human body is often over shadowed While we are aware that our careless use of hazardous chemicals and fossil fuels may leave the planet uninhabitable in the future most over look the fact that they are also cause real damage to our bodies at this moment Such pollutants cause damage to our respiratory system leading to the fluctuation of the life span of an individual depending on a number of conditions Between these conditions are the individuals particular location age and life style I order to understand how air pollution affects our body you must under stand what the causes of air pollution are The pollutants that harm our respiratory system are known as particulates Particulates are the small solid particles that you can see through a ray of sunlight They are products of incomplete combustion in engines example automobile engines road dust and wood smoke Billions of tons of coal and oil are consumed around the world every year When these fuels burn they produce smoke and other by-products into the atmosphere Although wind and rain occasionally wash away the smoke given off by power plants and automobiles much still remains Particulate matter usually consist of unburned hydrocarbons carbon monoxide sulfur dioxide various nitrogen oxides ozone and lead These compounds undergo a series of chemical reactions in the presence of sunlight The result is smog Carbon Monoxide comes from cars trucks gas furnaces and stoves and some industrial processes CO is also a toxin in cigarettes Carbon Monoxide combines with hemoglobin in the red blood cells so body cells and tissues cannot get the oxygen they need Carbon Monoxide attacks the immune system especially
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