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Farrukh Ali

English 101

Air Pollution
Pollution is the introduction of a contaminate particle into the environment. It is created
mostly by human activities or actions, but can also be a result of natural disasters. Pollution has
an adverse effect on any living organism in an environment. There are many types of pollution,
but air pollution is most important. Air pollution is the accumulation of hazardous substances in
to the atmosphere that dangers human life and other living matter. Chemicals from
manufacturing, and excess use of pesticides and insecticides causes air pollution which in result
effects our environment and leading to harmful effects on animals, plants and humans.
Air pollution is the introduction of particulates, biological, or other harmful materials into
the Earths atmosphere, causing disease, death to humans, and damage to other living organisms
such as food crops, the nature, and the environment. People use it to get their work done, such as
manufacturing work in factories, but they ignore the fact that chemicals they use will end up
causing air pollution. In addition, recycling also leads to air pollution that influence our
environment by harming the air quality we breathe in. For example In Houston in 2013, the city
found that metal recycling operations released smoke into the surrounding neighborhood,
including cancer-causing chemicals (Sherman). This shows that recycling is also affecting the
environment as it is said in the Sustainability book that recycling is good because we are reusing
recycled products to create new products; however, recycling has a negative impact from an
environmental perspective because recycling has increased and can lead to over consumption
that affects our environment (Westervelt 213-217).

There are many causes due to which air pollution takes place in the society such as
chemicals from manufacturing, exhaust from combustion engines, and excess use of pesticides
and insecticides. One main cause is manufacturing. The process of manufacturing brings out
particulate matter and chemicals in to the atmosphere. The exhaust from factory includes sulfur
oxide, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide and dioxide as well as volatile organic compounds
which make the air harmful (Woodford). Secondly, the excess use of pesticides or insecticides in
order to support agriculture is the cause of air pollution. For instance, different types of
chemicals are used to get rid of the attack of different types of pests and the insects and sprayed
on the plants, someway on the human, and also on the important crops cause harmful results.
This cause air pollution because when we spray the pesticides over the large area, some
chemicals evaporated and pollute the air. This produces a lot of respiratory problems. All in all,
there are a lot of causes of air pollution in daily life.
The effects of air pollution are diverse and numerous that affect humans, animal and
plants life because of a lot of causes. First of all, acidic harmful gases release from
manufacturing when combine with water droplets in clouds that fall on the ground in the form of
acid rain, damages the environment. Damage due to acid rain kills trees and animals, fish, and
other wild life. For instance, acid rain destroys the leaves of the trees. Secondly, air pollution
creates holes in the protective ozone layer of the atmosphere and allows harmful ultraviolet
radiation to reach earth surface. These rays near the ground damages lung tissues of animals and
prevent plant respiration by blocking the openings in leaves where respiration occurs. Without
respiration, a plant is not able to photosynthesize at the high rate, so it will not be able to grow.
Thirdly, our planet is warming quickly due to the greenhouse gases from air pollution.
Greenhouse gases are released in to the atmosphere when fuels are burned and these gases causes

global warming. Global warming causes changes to the places of where plants and animals live
around the world. For example, near the pole, ice and frozen grounds are melting (Woodford).
Ocean warming, rising sea level that is harming marine life. Global warming is causing less rain
to fall in the middle of continents. This makes these areas very dry and limits water recourses
from plants and animals, so they are destroying. In summary, air pollution led to the destruction
of many plants and animals.
Furthermore, hazardous air pollutants cause many bad diseases to humans. First of all,
discharge of sulfur dioxide due to manufacturing causes eye irritation, chest tightness, shortness
of breath, cancer, and lung damage. Another cause is the asthma and respiratory track problems
due to the excess use of insecticides. For instance, in the highly populated countries, the use of
chemicals is very common, which causes air pollution. In summary, due to the air pollution
harmful diseases takes place in the society.
In conclusion, the causes of air pollutions are very common today, so the chances of
harmful effects of these causes on living organisms increase. Air pollution is a big deal today
because due to its effects this has been increasing a lot. The causes which lead to air pollution are
harmful chemicals from manufacturing, and excess use of pesticides and insecticides.
Furthermore, this air pollution effects our environment and leading to harmful effects on animals,
plants and humans. To keep ourselves in sustainable environment, we have to protect the
atmosphere that is our natural resource. The atmosphere contains air without which plants and
animals could not survive; therefore, it is our job to protect and preserve this natural resource for
our future generation, and we have to take steps to solve the problem of air pollution which
affects our environment.

Works Cited:
Sherman, Fraser. How Does Recycling Influence Air Pollution? Synonym. Demand Media, n.
d. Web. 20 Mar. 2015.
Westervelt, Amy. Can Recycling Be Bad for the Environment? Sustainability. Christian R.
Weisser. Boston: Bedford/ St. Martins, 2015. 213-217. Print.
Woodford, Chris. Air Pollution. Explain that stuff. 14 Sept. 2014. Web. 20 Mar. 2015.