Air Pollution and People
As the years progress, Earth is pushed further into environmental regression. Although many strive to recycle and do their utmost best in order to preserve a green Earth, the human population is too much (approximately seven billion). What comes with humans are fossil fuels, pollution, and landfills. In addition to that, as businesses grow each day, more land is cleared of trees to make space, which is detrimental to the environment, for trees provide fresh oxygen for humans to breathe. Another concerning aspect of today’s climate, is the air pollution that worsens the more people buy cars and use transportation that consume gas. According to the National Geographic, “Short-term effects, which are temporary, include illnesses such as pneumonia or bronchitis [...] discomfort such as irritation to the nose, throat, eyes, or skin [...] headaches, dizziness, and nausea. Long-term effects of air pollution [...] can even lead to a person's death. Long-term health effects from air pollution include heart disease, lung cancer, and respiratory diseases such as emphysema [and] also [...] long-term damage to people's nerves, brain, kidneys, liver, and other organs.” People often go out -- it is a necessity -- to go to work, attend events, or even meet up with people. Air pollution is very heavy within highly populated areas like cities, meaning that tens of thousands of people are negatively affected. In order to improve on this, it is encouraged that people ride bicycles if it is possible. Additionally, it is encouraged for people to recycle and not litter because trash goes to landfills. And as the population grows so do the landfills.
National Geographic Society. “Air Pollution.” National Geographic Society, 9 Oct. 2012,