Five Main Types of Pollution and Their Effects on the Environment

Here's a little introduction to this project. There are always two ways to look at something. There is a good way, which in this case would mean looking at all the positive effects that human intervention has created, These are very few if there are any at all! Also, there is the other way. This would be the bad way consisting of basic criticism of all the negative effects that human intervention has caused. These are quite a few and therefore we shall talk about them. Fortunately for the Amazonian forest, I am not going to write about every single thing connected to the negative effects on the environment, but I will talk about several cases, all connected somehow to pollution. Pollution As we discussed in class, there are five main types of pollution. Carbon monoxide (CO) Motorvehicle exhaust; someindustrial processes Health standard: 10 mg/m3 (9 ppm) over 8 hr; 40 mg/m3 over 1 hr(35 ppm) Sulfur dioxide (SO2) Heat and power generation facilities that use oil or coalcontaining sulfur, sulfuric acid plants Health standard: 80 ug/m3 (0.03 ppm) over a year;365 ug/ m3 over 24 hr (0.14 ppm) Particulate matter Motor-vehicle exhaust; industrialprocesses; refuse incineration; heat and power generation; the reaction of pollution gases inthe atmosphere Health standard: 50 ug/m3 over a year; 150 ug/m3 over 24 hr; composed of carbon, nitrates, sulfates, and many metals including lead, copper, iron, andzinc Lead (Pb) Motor-vehicle exhaust; lead smelters; battery plants Health standard: 1.5ug/m3 over 3 months Nitrogen dioxide (NO2) Motor-vehicle exhaust; heat and powergeneration; nitric acid; explosives; fertilizer plants Health standard: 100 ug/m3 (0.05ppm) over a year; reacts with hydrocarbons and sunlight to form photochemical oxidants Ozone (03) Formed in the atmosphere by reaction of nitrogen oxides, hydrocarbons, and sunlight Health standard: 235 ug/m3 (0.12 ppm) over 1 hr This is a very welldetailed chart on the different types of causes of air pollution. The first column shows the pollutant, the second one shows the major source (or where it comes from what causes it to escape) and the third one shows the comments who health guidelines