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AIR POLUTIONProblemThe first thing people see in the morning when they walk outside is the sky or thecolored sun Is this world giving us the privilege of seeing the natural colors of the sunthrough all the layers of pollution within the air Dinanike 31 Not only are beautifulsights such as this hidden behind the pollution this world causes everyday but anincrease in diseases infections and death occurs What causes pollution What can we doto prevent it and get rid of it Is it fair to the children of the future to have tosuffer the consequences that pollution causes Why not take care of the problem nowFactory and business owners have the ability to prevent air pollution Air pollution is the presence in the atmosphere of harmful gases liquids or solids Airpollution known as smoke pollution for many years resulted from coal combustion Hodges526 Smog has been a problem in coal-burning areas for several centuries Smog finallydecreased when coal combustion was replaced by oil and gas combustion Air pollution iscaused by a number of different types of pollutants The first type particulate matter consists of solid and liquid aerosols suspended in theatmosphere These arise from the burning of coal and from industrial processesAtmospheric particles can scatter and absorb sunlight which reduces visibility Particlesalso reduce visibility by attenuating the light from objects and illuminating the aircausing the contrast between the objects and their backgrounds to reduce Not only does iteffect visibility but it hastens the erosion of building materials and the corrosion ofmetals interferes with the human respiratory system and brings toxic materials into thebody The small particles cause chronic bronchitis bronchial asthma emphysema and lungcancer Hodges 59 The second type is sulfur oxides which come from the burning of coal and industrialprocesses Damage to materials to vegetation and to the human respiratory system arecaused by the acid nature of oxides Small quantities of sulfur oxides can increaseillness and mortality Hodges 59 The third type of pollutant
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