Air pollution

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Air Pollution

Then the sky turned red,

toxins over head,

everybodies dead,

everybodies dead.

(GutterMouth; Nitro Records; 1995)

In 1948, the industrial town of Donora, Pennsylvania

suffered 28 deaths because of the thick smog. Air pollution is

an ecological problem having to do with toxins in the air.

There are a few things the human race has done to try to

prevent air pollution from taking such a serious toll. Two of

these are the Clean Air Acts and the increased use of solar

power over coal power. By creating electric cars, the pollution

caused by gasoline powered cars will be lessened. If the

pollution is not stopped, it will cause life on earth as we know

it to cease.

Air pollution causes a number of health and ecological

problems. It causes health problems like cancer, emphysema,

and asthma. It also causes the depletion of the ozone layer

which results in global warming and melting of the ice caps.

Up until the industrial era, the air was fairly clean. The use of

smokestacks and the burning of fuels put many pollutants in

the air during this period of time. The increased use of fossil

fuels today also builds on this.

There have been many attempts at stopping air pollution.

The Clean Air Acts were effective for a little while. They made

using some polluting substances illegal. This did not work

because people simply did not listen. Solar Energy is another

attempted solution. This type of energy is good because it is

an alternative energy source to coal and other polluting fossil

fuels. The problem with solar energy is that it is extremely

expensive, but it has been used extensively throughout the


One of the more effective ways of eliminating air pollution

is the making of electric cars. The use...