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Air pollution and your health


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  • 1. Air Pollution and Your Health Environmental Science
  • 2. Air Pollution
    • Air pollution can cause serious health problems, especially for people who are very young, very old, or who have heart or lung problems.
    • Air pollution intensifies the effects of existing diseases such as emphysema, heart disease, and lung cancer
  • 3. Short Term Effects of Air Pollution
    • Short-term effects of air pollution on people ’ s health range from minor headaches to more serious bronchitis and pneumonia
    • Air Pollution can also make asthma and emphysema worse for certain individuals.
    • Many short-term effects are reversible if exposure to air pollution decreases.
  • 4. Long-Term Effects of Air Pollution
    • Long-term effects on
    • health include
    • emphysema, lung
    • cancer, and heart
    • disease.
    • Exposure to air pollution may worsen medical conditions suffered by older people and may damage the lungs of children.
  • 5. Indoor Air Pollution
    • Often the air quality inside a building is worse than the air quality outside
    • Harmful compounds can be found in carpets, building materials, paints and furniture – especially when they are new
    • To best maintain the air quality indoors you should identify and remove the sources of harmful compounds
    • Mixing outdoor air with indoor air, is also necessary for good air quality.
  • 6.  
  • 7. Sick-Building Syndrome
    • Sick-building syndrome is a set of symptoms, such as headache, fatigue, eye irritation, and dizziness, that may affect workers in modern, airtight office buildings.
    • Sick-building syndrome is believed to be caused by indoor air pollutants.
    • Sick-building syndrome is most common in hot places where buildings are tightly sealed to keep out the heat.
  • 8. Radon Gas
            • Radon gas is colorless, tasteless, odorless, and radioactive.
            • Radon seeps through cracks and holes in foundations where it adheres to dust particles.
    • People inhale the dust, there radon can destroy the genetic material in cells that line the air passages.
    • The damage can lead to cancer, especially among smokers.
  • 9. Asbestos
    • Before the 1970 ’ s asbestos
    • was used as an insulator
    • and fire retardant in buildings.
    • Asbestos fibers can cut and
    • scar the lungs, causing the
    • disease asbestosis.
    • Victims of the disease have more and more difficulty breathing and may eventually die of heart failure.
  • 10. Noise Pollution
    • Health problems that can be caused by noise pollution include loss of hearing, high blood pressure, and stress.
    • Noise can also cause loss of sleep, which may lead decreased productivity at work and in the classroom
    • A decibel is the most common unit used to measure loudness, and is abbreviated dB.
  • 11. Light Pollution
    • Light pollution doesn ’ t directly
    • effect human health, but it does
    • negatively affect our environment.
    • The most important environmental concern of inefficient lighting is energy waste.
    • Energy is wasted when a light is directed upward into the night sky and lost to space. Examples include lighting on billboards, poor-quality street lights, and the lighting of building exteriors.