Air Quality and its Effect Upon Health
Humans, plants and animals all rely on the intake of gases from the air in order to survive. This respiration is critical for the creation of energy and the expulsion of waste gases. The composition of the air will obviously have a significant and direct impact upon the life form in question as they will be taking in these gases, which not only comprise the ones they require but also the pollutants that happen to be present. These pollutants will have varying effects depending upon what the pollutant is, as well as the concentration present in the air.
The significance of affecting virtually every living creature on the planet means that air quality is a highly important topic when it comes to environmental health and safety. Legislation exists in countries around the world to limit toxic emissions into the atmosphere from businesses, which means that companies need to be aware of these limits and restrictions, as a failure to comply with them can lead to financial punishments or even imprisonment in the case of a serious breach.
Air which is polluted can exacerbate existing health conditions such as asthma. The pollutants may even cause cancer when they are absorbed into the body, or other serious conditions such as lead poisoning which was a major issue a few decades ago when the use of leaded petrol was widespread and resulted in high concentrations of lead particles being present in the air, which were subsequently inhaled. Air pollution can also bring about acid rain, which can damage crops and buildings, as well as being hazardous and sometimes fatal for aquatic organisms.
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