Atmosphere: Air Pollution and Its Effects

Atmosphere: Air Pollution and Its Effects

by Dana Desonie

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Earth's atmosphere gives the planet its blue skies, mild temperature, and weather. The atmosphere also supports and protects all of the planet's life. People use the atmosphere for another purpose: as a receptacle for waste gases and particles. Air pollution obscures vistas, damages ecosystems, and compromises human health. Combined with water in the atmosphere, air pollutants create acid rain. In the upper atmosphere, air pollutants damage the ozone layer, which protects life from the Sun's harmful rays. Excess emissions of greenhouse gases such as a carbon dioxide and methane push global temperatures higher, a phenomenon known as global warming. Even as some pollutants in some locations are regulated successfully, as populations grow and people acquire more cars and develop more industries, more intensive solutions are needed to deal with the many types of air pollution and its consequence.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780816062133
Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/28/2007
Series: Our Fragile Planet Series
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 572,165
Product dimensions: 7.60(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Preface     vii
Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     x
What the Atmosphere Provides     1
The Gases and What They Do     3
The Atmosphere: Past and Present     13
The Motions of the Atmosphere     22
Other Factors That Shape a Region's Climate     35
Atmospheric Behavior: The Weather     43
What Makes the Weather?     45
Extreme Weather     59
Human Influence on the Atmosphere: Local Impacts     79
Air Pollutants and Air Pollution     81
Air Pollution and the Environment     92
Air Pollution and Human Health     101
Acid Rain     110
Air Pollution Control     123
The Atmosphere Above Cities     138
Human Influence on the Atmosphere: Global Impacts     145
Ozone Loss in the Stratosphere     147
Climate Change     157
Conclusion     169
Glossary     173
Further Reading     183
Index     189

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