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A Few Amazing Facts about Air Pollution


Air pollution is the contamination of air by harmful substances that can cause health problems. These include burning eyes and nose, itchy irritated throat, breathing problems, and even death.


We breathe about two gallons of air every minute. On average, air pollution takes one to two years off the typical human life-span. (You may not want to share this with your Aunt Emma.)


Air pollution affects kids more than adults because, for their body size, kids breathe more air and spend more time playing outside.


The health effects of smog have even been seen in dolphins living off the coast of large cities. In a recent study, dolphins showed signs of black lung disease, an illness usually found among coal miners.


At times, visitors to the Grand Canyon can't see the other side due to air pollution. And some of that pollution originates more than a thousand miles away!

More hazardous pollutants are discharged into the air each year than are released to surface water, ground water, and land, combined.


Walking and bicycling are great ways to exercise and reduce air pollution. (Don't forget to share this with lazy brother Ralph)

Motor vehicles produce more air pollution than any other single human activity.

One full commuter bus can mean 40 less cars going through your neighborhood. (Remind Uncle Harold about this.)


Twenty-eight percent of Americans say they are very concerned about the air pollution coming from local transportation sources.


Now that you know some facts about air pollution, you're ready to begin your first adventure.


Field Adventure #1: Who's driving through my neighborhood?


Field Adventure #2: What does my air look like?

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