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Air like water is essential for life Air pollution like water pollution is a problem that threatens us all We are all aware that air and water are the most precious of all our natural resources We need clean air and accessible water to carry on normal life functions In past generations the amounts of fuels burned in home and industry have greatly increased This increased burning has also increased the amount of impurities discharged into the air And since a pollutant is an impurity we cannot have clean air as long as it is being bombarded with impurities Ever since man discovered how to use fire he has been polluting the atmosphere Man being able to burn thing provides us with power but when we burn things we contribute much waste to the atmosphere Ancient Romans complained of odor and soot deposits on clothing and crops due to coal burning wood burning and oil lamp usage During the middle ages and the colonial periods complaints have also been reported of soot deposits were registered as a result of burning fuels With the beginning of the Industrial Revolution an increase in the amount of fuels burned to run the factories and heat homes Not until recently has air pollution been considered a serious threat to our environment Air pollution is treating to our environment for two main reasons 1 the rapid growth of the earths population 2 the expansion of our technological activities The same growth has created various new waste products harmful to heath and detrimental to the growth of living things What exactly air pollution Air pollution is a substance in our atmosphere consisting of man-made contaminants that may be harmful to humans plants animal life or property Air pollution is made up of gaseous materials that make up more then 90 of the total air pollution Some of these gaseous materials include carbon monoxide CO hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides
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