What We Can Do to Improve Air Quality
Getting a breath of fresh air isn't as easy as it used to be. We've loaded the atmosphere with all kinds of pollutants that have triggered a number of serious atmospheric
ills. The atmosphere is, in effect, talking back. It's warning us that it can't sustain more of our abuse without causing harm — not only to humans but to the planetary ecosystem.
We now have the power to destroy the delicate balance that sustains the Earth's many kinds of life, including human beings. Saving the planet is also within our grasp.
Rewards of Change
Reducing emissions that cause poor air quality, ozone depletion and climate change requires teamwork. Individuals, communities, industry and business, and governments all contribute
to pollution — so
we can all be part of the solution.
The causes, sources and impacts of air quality issues are interconnected. Therefore, addressing one air quality issue can often help to reduce other kinds of pollution. Particulate matter, for example,
is mainly released by fossil fuel and wood burning. Cutting down on this combustion will not just reduce particulate matter. It will decrease many other emissions, such as carbon dioxide (in vehicle
exhaust), which is the main cause of global climate change.
The rewards of addressing air pollution include improved human health, increased productivity and reduced health costs and a healthier, more productive environment. In turn, these benefits will result
in a healthier, more sustainable economy.
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