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The Theme of 2019 World Environment Day is “Beat Air Pollution.”

Pollution control is a term used in environmental management. It means the control of emissions and effluents into the air. Without pollution control, pollutants will degrade the environment. In the herarchy of controls, pollution prevention and waste minimization are more desirable than pollution control.

Air Pollution is the introduction of harmful or poisonous substances into the environment. Such substances are categorized into primary and secondary pollutants. Primary pollutants are substances emitted directly into the air; for example, particulates, sulfur dioxide, and nitrous oxide, which can cuase irritation of the lungs and other parts of the respiratory system.

Secondary pollutants are formed from the reaction og pollutants with other substances or the surroundings into which they are emitted. An example is low-level ozone (bad ozone) formed when sulfur dioxide released from burning fossil fuels reacts in the presence of sunlight.

These pollutants can be in the form of gases, vapor, odors, mists, fumes, smoke, dust, grit, and fiber. The most common airborne pollutants are carbon monoxide, benzene; 1,3-butadiene, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, and lead.The sources of these pollutants vary. They include fossil fuel, mining, agricultural activities, gas flaring, excavation, and day-to-day human activities.

Air pollution can make people sick. It causes breathing problems and promotes cancer. It also negatively impacts animal and plant life.

Pollution Control

Pollution control is a term used in environmental management. It means the control of emissions and effluents into the air. Without pollution control, pollutants will degrade the environment. In the herarchy of controls, pollution prevention and waste minimization are more desirable than pollution control.

It is our duty to protect our environment from pollution. To that end, we can an adopt the following preventive measures:

  • Learn about the major pollutants in our area and help to get rid of them

  • Tell people about what we know and educate them about the aftermath of pollution

  • Try and get the subject of pollution control included in the school curriculum

  • Avoid burning waste

  • Stop bush burning

  • Participate in reforestation

  • Avoid smoking

  • Drive less by consolidating trips and also use fuel-efficient vehicles

  • Regularly take vehicles and generators for maintenance, to reduce emission

You and I are responsible for beating air pollution. So, start to contributing your quota today.

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