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Causes of Air Pollution You Probably Don't Even Know About

Causes of Air Pollution
When was the last time you stepped out of your house and inhaled clean, fresh air that really invigorated all your senses? Even our own house is not pollution free. The World Health Organization (WHO) states that close to 3 billion people in the world resort to cooking using coal, unvented stoves, and by burning biomass.
Kashmira Lad
Last Updated: Jan 20, 2018
When clean air gets contaminated with pollutants, it is referred to as air pollution. Witnessing a smog in a large city has become a daily sight for many. But when the same smog begins to affect your health in a derogatory manner, it might take a long time for you to recover.

So why not keep yourself abreast and well-informed about how air pollution occurs? Elucidated below are the causes behind pollution of clean air.
Indoor Air Pollution
Tobacco smoke (cigarettes)
Tobacco smoke causes air pollution
It contains formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, and other gases.
Bacteria, molds, mildew (bathroom)
Bacteria, molds, mildew causes air pollution
These often result from damp sources or improper cleaning of air conditioners.
Closed gas stoves, chimneys, fireplaces
Closed gas stoves, chimneys, and fireplaces causes air pollution
Carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide are the main pollutants emitted from fireplaces and chimneys that are not vented. Other appliances, such as water heaters, dryers, etc., also release the same gases in some amounts.
Floor tiles, insulation of pipes
Floor tiles, insulation of pipes causes air pollution
Pipes and tiles that have been installed more than ten years ago are major sources of asbestos fibers.
Cleaning products
Cleaning products causes air pollution
They contain some amounts of para-dichlorobenzene, 1,1,1-trichloroethane. Although the effect that these chemicals have on one's health are not life-threatening, prolonged exposure can cause irritation to eyes and throat.
Paint, furniture, and carpets
Paint, furniture, and carpets causes air pollution
They are sources of formaldehyde. Not only at home, but furniture and paint or wallpaper, and other plywood appliances can pollute the air at your workplace too.
Foundation of your home
Foundation of your home causes air pollution
Radon is a noble gas which is odorless, colorless, and radioactive. Released from the bedrock where a house is built and from the construction material, radon is a major cause of concern affecting health.
Vehicles causes air pollution
They are the main source of carbon monoxide, and the emission of this poisonous gas often starts in our own garage.
Outdoor Air Pollution
Volcanoes caus air pollution
The major gases that volcanoes release into the atmosphere are water vapor, carbon dioxide, and sulfur dioxide, while carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulfide, hydrogen, hydrogen chloride, and hydrogen fluoride are released in small amounts.
Wildfires and Forest Fires
Wildfires and Forest Fires cause air pollution
These fires are the main source of particulate matter having a diameter less than 2.5 micrometers. Other pollutants include carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds, etc. All these emissions are capable of traveling large distances and having a negative impact on both human health and the environment.
Methane cause air pollution
Studies show that cows release methane mostly from burping or belching, than from flatulence. The digested food by cattle and the like also generate methane in the form of their excreta. Either way, it is closer to the amount of methane released by a car in a day.
Mobile Sources
Mobile Sources  cause air pollution
Vehicles, cars, motorbikes, airplanes, vehicles large in size, such as marine vessels, trucks etc., release harmful gases, mainly carbon monoxide.
Stationary Sources
Stationary Sources cause air pollution
Industries, power plants, furnaces, and burning of fossil fuels are the sources. These stationary sources are a prominent source of sulfur oxides and nitrogen oxides. These oxides combine in the presence of sunlight to form smog -- another dangerous pollutant.
Landfills cause air pollution
The waste deposited in landfills results in the formation of methane over a period of time.
The causes of this global hazard can be many to name if one really scrutinizes this subject closely. With a little effort from our side, we can help to reduce the harmful effects of air pollution so that we can breathe in a clean and healthy environment.
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