Assessment Solutions-Pollution are Anthropogenic Sources: SCI210

Assessment Solutions-Pollution are Anthropogenic Sources: SCI210

CAUSES AND EFFECTS OF AIR POLLUTION
Part 1.
The quality of our air has effects on humans, animals, vegetation, and also on the water. Some
say all …

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CAUSES AND EFFECTS OF AIR POLLUTION
Part 1.
The quality of our air has effects on humans, animals, vegetation, and also on the water. Some
say all air pollution is due to humans. What do you think? What information would you need to
have to decide whether this is true?
Air pollution is aproblem, which affects all forms of life. Air pollution affects human health causing
diseases such as respiratory diseases, heart disease, etc. Animals and vegetation are also affected by
the quality of air (N., 2016) .Acid rain which results from air pollution makes soil and water more
acidic and the result is the death of marine wildlife, species reduction, and impact on the food chain,
with water quality affected fish may relocate to other areas as well as develop respiratory problems
(Manucci PM, 2017) .In vegetation air pollution leads to loss of biodiversity and change in species
distribution, it leads also to stunted vegetation growth due to poor soils being affected by acid rain
thus nutrients loss (Boman BC, 2017) .
Major contributors to air pollution are anthropogenic sources derived from burning fossil fuels,
industrial emissions, microbial decaying processes ,transportation, open burning of garbage waste,
and construction and demolition (Metcalfe, 2015) .These factors are linked to the emission of
dangerous gases into the atmosphere causing negative impacts like climate change, acid rain, ozone
layer depletion photochemical smog, and respiratory diseases thus effect on humans, animals,
vegetation, and water (Bolia, 2020) .
Despite so, air pollution isnot 100% man-made, air pollution can occur naturally through.
Wildfire -produces huge smoke that leads to the emission of poisonous gases such as carbon
monoxide, formaldehyde ,carbon dioxide, and nitrogen oxide, all of these gases have an impact on the
air quality and contribute to global warming (Pawaiya, 2020) .
Volcano eruption -According to (Socha, 2017) volcanic eruption produces ashes and ahuge amount
of sulfur gases, and carbon dioxide. When sulfur gases combine with water vapor in the atmosphere
they form sulfuric acid, which affects animals, humans, and plants.
Radioactive decay of rocks -Granite and limestone rocks contain radioactive isotopes. When
uranium in the rock decays, radioactive gas is emitted. It is atasteless, colorless, odorless gas and
disperses quickly into the air. When the gas is inhaled it leads to serious respiratory problems
(Chiokwe, 2021) .
Part 2:
Based on what you now know about air quality, discuss what you now believe about whether
humans are the only cause.
From the above discussion on the causes and impacts of air quality, itis now clear that it’snot only
human beings that are solely responsible for the air quality. But rather itis acollective contribution
from natural causes to human-made activities. The natural causes include volcanism, wildfire, and
rock decay, they are natural because they are not influenced by external factors or human-driven.
Whereas human-made air quality impacts resulting from burning fossil fuels, industrial emissions,
microbial decaying processes ,transportation, open burning of garbage waste, and construction and
demolition.
Air pollution affects human health, plants, and animals. Understanding the causes of air pollution and
its effects on air quality is important so that action can be done to reduce the actions that largely
contribute to it.
References
Bolia, D. G. (2020). Air pollution: impact and interventions ;Air Quality,
Atmosphere and Health.
Boman BC, F. A. (2017). Adverse health effects from ambient air pollution in
relation to residential wood combustion in modern society.
Chiokwe, V. F. (2021). AIR POLLUTION; CAUSES, EFFECTS AND
REMEDIATION IN NIGERIA.
Manucci PM, F. M. (2017). Health effects of ambient air pollution in developing
countries. Int J Environ Res Public Health. .
Metcalfe, R. D. (2015). Atmospheric Pollution and Environmental Change.
N., B. (2016). Contribution of air pollution to COPD and small airway
dysfunction.
Pawaiya, S. S. (2020). Air pollution: Causes, effects and controls; Journal of
critical reviews.
Socha, T. (2017). Air Pollution Causes and Effects.

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