Air pollution is the contamination of the atmosphere by gaseous, liquid, or solid substances that can endanger the health and welfare of humans or other living things or can attack materials, reduce visibility, or produce undesirable odors caused by the release of toxic or damaging particles and gases into the atmosphere. Carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen oxide are among the noxious gases released into the atmosphere by the burning of fossil fuels.
Air pollutians can damage heart, lung function, disabilities, behavioral problems, slowed growth in children, and reproductive problems, high blood pressure, and nerve disorders in adults. In fact, although large particles are a very visible form of air pollution, very small particles generally have a more negative effect on health because their smaller size gives them greater ability to penetrate lung tissue.
Air pollution levels fell in most cities in China last year. Outdoor air pollution contributes to the deaths of an estimated 1.6 million people in China every year, or about 4,400 people a day, according to a newly released scientific paper. However, the government spent billions of dollars to clean up the air. It followed that spending with two months of drastic measures, temporarily shutting factories across five provinces, suspending construction in the capital, and ordering drivers to idle their cars every other day from July to September. Even elsewhere in China, where no Olympic pollution measures were imposed, the level of dirty air is down.
Air pollution is not the only pollution on earth but it is one of the most important ones, we must take care of it and take care of our environment for future generations. Start to use less chemicals that affect the air, reduce the time we spend in our cars, don’t throw trash on the streets, etc. are a good way to start.
What can China do to improve their air pollution?
Is China the only country with high air pollution?
Which are the reasons why China is one of the countries with more air pollution?
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