Air Pollution Index
A rapid rise in consumerism over the course of the century, exacerbated in the last decade or two by the increasing affluence of individuals in other large countries which have seen an upsurge in their economies and the subsequent wealth of their citizens, has resulted in a great deal more factories springing up across the world which pump out harmful and toxic gases into the atmosphere, significantly increasing air pollution and putting the health of people at risk.
Factories are not the only contributors to harmful emissions and air pollution though. A rise in air travel means more planes than ever before are flying about and burning fuel in their engines. Expanding populations, coupled with the rising demand for manufactured products which then need disposing of when no longer required, means more rubbish is produced and causes a headache for those tasked with disposing of it. Both landfill sites and burning the rubbish to eliminate it can contribute to air pollution, with the burning producing harmful gases and landfill sites leading to the creation of methane gas as microbes break down the rubbish and produce methane as a by-product.
As well as damaging the ozone layer or leading to the build-up of greenhouse gases, both of which can have severe consequences for the environment and climate of the planet, air pollution can also create or exacerbate existing health conditions, namely respiratory ones. Plant, animal and human life which relies on the air for the uptake of oxygen to sustain themselves can have their health, or even their entire existence in extreme cases, put in danger from contaminated air.
Internal Pages Regarding Air Pollution
Please use the links below to read more about the topic of air pollution and environmental health and safety:
- Air Pollution Health and Safety
- Air Quality and its Effect Upon Health
- Air Pollution Doesn't Just Impact Health and Safety
- Global Air Pollution
- Ways to Reduce Air Pollution
- Business Fuel Options and the Environment
- Reducing Vehicle Numbers Benefits Health and the Environment
- How are Phone and Internet Conferences Good for the Environment?