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Basic Air Pollution Facts


Below are some random facts and info on environmental pollution.

Pollutants factsAir pollutants (dangerous things that make the air unclean)come in the form of gases or particles.

Pollutants facts It is estimated that you breathe 20,000 liters of air each day. This means the more polluted the air is, the more we breathe into our lungs dangerous chemicals.

Pollutants factsAir can be polluted both indoors and outdoors. Tobacco and other kinds of smoking are examples of indoor air pollution.

Pollutants factsSick Building Syndrome is a health condition related to pesticides, insecticides and chemicals we use at home and offices.

Pollutants factsIn the great "Smog Disaster" in London in 1952, four thousand people died in a few days due to the high concentrations of pollution.
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Pollutants factsAir pollution affects kids more than adults because, for their body size, kids breathe more air and spend more time playing outside.

Pollutants factsMore hazardous pollutants are discharged into the air each year than are released to surface water, ground water, and land, combined.

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Pollutants factsMotor vehicles produce more air pollution than any other single human activity. One full commuter bus can mean 40 less cars going through your neighborhood.

In America, vehicle exhaust contributes roughly 60% of all carbon monoxide emissions nationwide, and up to 95% in cities.



SOURCES: Our reading for the lesson included the following sources:
1. Household air pollution and health. Fact sheet N°292. WHO, http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs292/en/
2. Indoor Air Pollution. Medline Plus., http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/indoorairpollution.html
3. Indoor air. The Department os Environment, Australia: http://www.environment.gov.au/topics/environment-protection/air-quality/indoor-air
4. Indoor Air pollution, Edugreen. http://edugreen.teri.res.in/explore/air/indoor.htm
5. Carbon monoxide poisoning, NHS UK., http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/carbon-monoxide-poisoning/Pages/Introduction.aspx
6. What is Air Pollution: EPA Victoria., http://www.epa.vic.gov.au/air/aq4kids/main_pollutants.asp
7. Asthma and Air Pollution., Natural Resources Defense Council: http://www.nrdc.org/health/effects/fasthma.asp
8. Air Pollution And Health, Environmental Protection UK. http://www.environmental-protection.org.uk/committees/air-quality/about-air-pollution/air-pollution-and-health/



 

 

 

 



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