Air Pollution

Emissions from this power plant in New Mexico contained excessive amounts of sulfur dioxide. Image from National Parks Service (Public Domain).


Learning Objectives:

By the end of this chapter, students will be able to

• Describe the composition and structure of the atmosphere.

• Explain the importance of the ozone layer, its depletion, and specific steps taken to address it.

• Distinguish between indoor and outdoor air pollution and how these compare among industrialized and less industrialized countries

• Identify natural and anthropogenic sources of air pollution

• Explain the effects of air pollution on human and ecosystem health

• Explain how the Clean Air Act legislation works and describe its outcomes


Zehnder, Caralyn; Manoylov, Kalina; Mutiti, Samuel; Mutiti, Christine; VandeVoort, Allison; and Bennett, Donna, “Introduction to Environmental Science: 2nd Edition” (2018). Biological Sciences Open Textbooks. 4.
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