Water and air pollution

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If there are two things that are essential to humans and other living creatures, its clean water and air, but

with pollution of these natural resources on the rise it's become increasingly important to find ways to cut

down on man-made pollutants in the environment. Find out more about air and water pollution.

What is Air Pollution? Air pollution is actually the addition of any harmful substances to the atmosphere,

which causes the damaging of the environment, human health and the quality of life. With the

development in industry, came along the increase in air pollution, which occurs inside homes, schools,

offices even in the countryside. Consequently there has been an increase in the death rates resulting

from various diseases caused by air pollution varying from breathing problem to lung cancer. Air pollution

does not only affect people but it also damages the whole ecological system in which plants and animals

are harmed as well.

Air pollution has reached such a critical stage where it affects the earth's atmosphere

as it lets in more harmful radiation from the sun. Consequently, our polluted atmosphere is becoming a

better insulator, thus, preventing heat from escaping back into space. That is why there is a global rise in

temperature which scientists refer to as " global warming".

It keeps us alive but at the same time, it can also be harmful. We breathe air everyday. Air provides us

with oxygen that is essential for living. Nitrogen, water vapor, and inert gases comprise air along with

oxygen. Emission of substances that contaminate air results to pollution. Air pollution is both natural and

human-based. Natural air pollution is caused by phenomenon such as volcanic eruption, wind erosion,

decomposition and radioactive materials. Volcanic eruptions send sulfur dioxide, tons of...