Air Pollution Doesn’t Just Impact Health and Safety
Air pollution can have a devastating impact upon the health and welfare of humans, plants, animals, insects... in fact pretty much every living creature. Pollutants and contaminants in the air can be inhaled and absorbed into the cells of living organisms, damaging them and causing illness and death depending upon the extent of the damage done. It is for this reason that environmental health and safety has begun to be taken much more seriously over the last couple of decades, with increasing amounts of rules and regulations coming into force, along with an increased demand for qualifications like the NEBOSH Environmental Certificate, as countries try and reduce their impacts upon the environment on a local, national and global level.
However, air pollution has effects which are not solely limited to the health and safety of living creatures or their welfare. Whilst this is the most important, there are also other considerations and consequences that also come with air pollution.
For starters there is damage to historic buildings, statues, monuments etc by acid rain, reaction with substances in the air or being covered in deposits of particulates. This can irreversibly damage or destroy the objects in question, or result in extensive financial costs to repair. Either way the historical originality of the piece will be lost.
The financial costs are in fact another major reason for everybody to reduce air pollution. Not only does money need to be spent in repairing and restoring items damaged by pollution, but this air pollution can damage the environment in such a way that it affects the livelihoods of crop growers and those relying upon the land for produce to sell. Air pollution which causes acid rain can also decimate stocks of fish and other aquatic creatures which affects those in the fish farming industry.
Even if the air pollution does not cause any damage to health, there are still unpleasant and undesirable consequences which come with it, including the inconvenience of reduced visibility (which can in fact be a danger as there is an increased risk of collisions), and unpleasant smells and odours which may be present.