Air quality and pollution has been a hot topic for decades. While there are natural forms of air pollution like volcanic activity and wildfires, pollution created by businesses and humans has continued to be a central discussion point. While Earth has built-in defenses against natural air pollutants, humans are generating more and more air pollution which stresses the planet. Here are some of the most common types of man-made air pollution and what you can do to reduce your carbon footprint.
The burning of fossil fuels, such as coal and petroleum, releases sulfur dioxide and carbon monoxide into the air. Power plants, factories, furnaces, and vehicles all use fossil fuels. Cars, airplanes, trains and all other modes of transportation are the most responsible for this type of air pollution. Carpooling and public transportation reduces the burning of fossil fuels. Use alternative methods of energy that don’t produce air pollution when possible.
Humans produce an enormous amount of waste and that garbage is taken to landfills. Left to sit over time, landfills become a breeding ground for methane gas. Methane is a greenhouse gas and extremely flammable. Under the right conditions, it can cause asphyxiation or an explosion.
Using a waste incineration system to process waste not only saves landfill space, but prevents the over-production of methane. Individuals should also consider recycling and reusing materials that don’t need to be thrown away.
Many factories utilize equipment and processes that create exhaust that contains carbon monoxide and other harmful chemicals. Industrial processes also produce waste that is difficult to dispose of. Installing a thermal oxidizer in a factory reduces air pollution by breaking down volatile chemicals using heat and oxygen.
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