Air pollution affects much more than the air we breathe. Everything living, from humans to animals, plants and trees, needs clean, breathable air. These needs make tackling air pollution a top priority for everyone to help heal and protect our planet and our future.
Air pollution is a common problem among major cities anywhere in the world. High volumes of traffic, large industrial areas, and high concentration of people contribute to the amount of pollution in the area. The effects of air pollution reach all parts of the world, wreaking havoc on people, plants and animals. Changes in air and water quality create dangerous and even deadly situations. Here are just a few of the dangers of air pollution.
o Breathing polluted air can damage the heart and lungs. Similar to the effects of smoking tobacco, inhaling particles in polluted air can cause humans and animals to develop heart and lung diseases that can eventually be fatal.
o Those with certain medical conditions may find that high levels of air pollution exacerbate their symptoms. People with asthma, allergies and illnesses that result in respiratory problems are often the worst affected.
o Plants take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen as a “respiration” process. When pollutants are present in the air, plant life will also inhale these particles. This causes serious problems in the cells of the plant, resulting in poor growth and possibly death or plant death.
o Residues of chemicals and pollution in the air accumulate in plants, preventing the necessary photosynthesis from taking place. Without the ability to receive proper sunlight, plants quickly change color and die.
o Moisture in the atmosphere creates more problems for the environment by taking dangerous chemicals and pollutants from the air. The resulting acid rain can enter groundwater and other waterways, creating a dangerous situation for plants, animals and humans.
Air pollution contributes to water and soil pollution, which can be disastrous for all living things.