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Its good but not great - Death of a Planet Air pollution is a very big problem in the United States A large part of air pollution comes from cars The Environmental Protection Agency says The most polluting activity an average person does everyday is drive their car1 factsheet OMS-5 Most people probably arent aware that they are polluting the environment Maybe if everyone knew how serious this pollution problem is they would find ways to reduce the pollution Most pollution that is released by cars comes from the exhaust mainly in the form of hydrocarbons1 factsheet OMS-5 Hydrocarbons are organic compounds a combination of two or more elements that contain only carbon and hydrogen 2 factsheet OMS-5 Hydrocarbons are released when fuel in the engine burns partially When hydrocarbons come in contact with sunlight they form ground level ozone Ground level ozone is a major ingredient in the formation of smog Ground level ozone is responsible for irritating eyes damaging lungs and it complicating respiratory problems Hydrocarbons arent the only pollutants released through car exhaust Two more pollutants released through car exhaust are carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide The first reduces the flow of oxygen to the bloodstream and could harm people with heart disease Nitrogen oxide is formed when a car engine gets hot It contains chemicals that aid in the formation of ground level ozone as well as acid rain 2 factsheet OMS-5 Acid rain destroys the outsides of buildings statues etc Acid rain can also contaminate drinking water damage vegetation and destroy sealife These two pollutants are two of the most dangerous pollutants released through car exhaust If these two pollutants were cut down just a little bit our planet would be a safer place to live Carbon dioxide is another gas released through exhaust emissions It isnt dangerous directly to humans but it is considered to be
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