It's good, but not great -
Death of a Planet
Air pollution is a very big problem in the United States. A large part of air pollution
comes from cars. The Environmental Protection Agency says, 'The most polluting activity an
average person does everyday is drive their car'(1 factsheet OMS-5). Most people probably
aren't aware that they are polluting the environment. Maybe if everyone knew how serious this
pollution problem is, they would find ways to reduce the pollution.
Most pollution that is released by cars comes from the exhaust, mainly in the form of
hydrocarbons(1 factsheet, OMS-5). Hydrocarbons are organic compounds ,a combination of two
or more elements, that contain only carbon and hydrogen (2 factsheet, OMS-5). Hydrocarbons
are released when fuel in the engine burns partially. When hydrocarbons come in contact with
sunlight they form ground level ozone. Ground level ozone is a major ingredient in the formation
Ground level ozone is responsible for irritating eyes, damaging lungs, and it
complicating respiratory problems. Hydrocarbons aren't the only pollutants released through car
Two more pollutants released through car exhaust are carbon monoxide and nitrogen
oxide. The first reduces the flow of oxygen to the bloodstream, and could harm people with heart
disease. Nitrogen oxide is formed when a car engine gets hot. It contains chemicals that aid in
the formation of ground level ozone as well as acid rain (2 factsheet, OMS-5). Acid rain destroys
the outsides of buildings, statues, etc. Acid rain can also contaminate drinking water, damage
vegetation, and destroy sealife. These two pollutants are two of the most dangerous pollutants
released through car exhaust. If these two pollutants were cut down just a little bit our planet
would be a safer place to live.
Carbon dioxide is another gas released through exhaust...