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). ...

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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 emissions. It
isn't dangerous directly to humans, but it is considered to be a "green house
gas." A "greenhouse gas" is a gas that is associated with global warming.
Global warming is the gradual increase of temperature due to human activity.
Certain gases, such as carbon dioxide, methane, and ozone allow radiation from
the sun to break through ...

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Just breathing the air in Bombay is the same
as smoking half a pack of cigarettes a day (97 Brown). Over 150 million people
in the United States live in areas where the Environmental Protection Agency
considers the air to be unhealthy. The American Lung Association says, "The
unhealthy air leads to 120, 000 deaths every year" (97 Brown). The citizens of
earth are killing themselves. They are killing themselves for convenience.
Eventhough the actions taken by the government and car manufacturers have
reduced car emissions a lot since 1970, The number of miles an average person
travels in a day has doubled (4 factsheet OMS-4). The average person must find
a way to reduce the ...

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