Pollution

Shenin Rahman, Staff Writer

Air pollution is everywhere, coming from cars emissions to nuclear waste. Natural causes can affect the air as well such as volcanoes and wildfires. In California, a massive wildfire has emerged due to the heat wave that California has been experiencing. As a result, this affects Oregon and Washington as well. About 50 million people have been affected in these states due to the poor air quality. This happened weeks ago, but it is important to be cautious of this. Some event like this could occur again, some of the air went above hazardous between September 6th to September 17th-18th in California. 

The six common pollutants are carbon monoxide, lead, nitrogen dioxide, ozone, particulate matter, and sulfur dioxide. This includes things like electric utilities and industrial boilers, metal smelters, petroleum, refineries, cement kilns, dry cleaners, etc. This can also affect the environment and our own health. Animals struggle to reproduce and have either birth problems or a disease. For marine animals the pollution is absorbed in sediment and may come up in the tissues of animals. Ozone depletion and crop and forest damage are only a few of the problems that can come out of air pollution.

But, on the bright side, air quality trends have seemed to show promising results. Pollution has significantly decreased from national standard. This can reduce fine particle pollution which come from specific areas. By making these kinds of strides the air will be safer and cleaner for the public health, ecosystem, and the climate.