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  Air Pollution K-12 Experiments for Lesson Plans & Science Fair Projects
Air pollution is a broad term applied to all physical (particulate matter), chemical, and biological agents that modify the natural characteristics of the atmosphere.
A primary air pollutant is one that is emitted directly to the air from a given source, such as the Carbon monoxide (CO) produced as a byproduct of combustion; whereas a secondary air pollutant is formed in the atmosphere through chemical reactions involving primary air pollutants.
The worst single incident of air pollution to occur in the United States of America occurred in Donora, Pennsylvania in late October, 1948, when 20 people died and over 7,000 were injured.
www.juliantrubin.com /encyclopedia/environment/airpollution.html   (2057 words)

 Air pollution in British Columbia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Air pollution is a concern in British Columbia (BC), Canada because of its effects on health and visibility.
Air quality is influenced in BC by numerous mountain ranges and valleys, which complicate atmospheric pollution dispersion and can lead to high concentrations of pollutants such as particulate matter from wood smoke (especially during stangant atmospheric conditions/ inversions).
The health effects of air pollution vary with the size and characteristics of the exposed population, the specific pollutant or mix of pollutants and the concentration of pollutants, both in the short term and the long term.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Air_pollution_in_British_Columbia   (1551 words)

 Air Pollution - Health Effects
Air pollution is a less significant source of hazardous environmental chemicals in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract than is the ingestion of contaminated food and water (which may have been contaminated by air pollution).
Air pollution correlates with increased prevalence of chronic cough, chest illness, bronchitis, hospital admissions for respiratory conditions, and decrements in lung function.
Aging individuals are more susceptible to air pollution because of the declining margin of safety in various organ systems, including the respiratory and immune systems, and because, in some cases, of the cumulative effect of environmental hazards.
www.nutramed.com /environment/airpollutionintro.htm   (2390 words)

 Air Pollution, Environment, Health, Disease; Chemical Toxicity
Air pollution, both indoor and outdoor, is a significant cause of health problems worldwide.
There are five obvious sources of air pollution - the burning of fossil fuels, the cutting of forests and burning of slash, the increasing use of agricultural and industrial chemicals, the continued smoking of tobacco products, the creation if indoor work and living environments which concentrate air contaminants and create "sick buildings."
A decrease in indoor air quality is the result of reduced ventilation and efficient construction practices, sealing homes and office buildings from the outdoor environment.
www.nutramed.com /environment/airpollution.htm   (387 words)

 A Primer on Air Quality in British Columbia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Air Pollutants are any gas, liquid or solid substances that are present in the atmosphere in high enough concentrations to be considered harmful to the environment or human health.
Air Emissions are any kind of substance released into the air from natural or human sources.An emission inventory provides information on the amount of emissions coming from various sources in a given area within a given period of time (usually a year).
Concentration is the amount of a pollutant in the air at a given location, expressed as the weight of volume of pollutant per volume of air, such as parts per billion (ppb) or micrograms per cubic metre of air (µg/m3).
www.pyr.ec.gc.ca /air/primer_e.shtml   (2669 words)

 North Cascades National Park: Air Quality   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Pollutants in the region's air cause reduced visibility, acid precipitation and potential harm to the ecosystem's plants and animals.
The North Cascades air quality monitoring program includes several data collection systems: an aerosol sampler inhales air continually, and the filters are analyzed every week for substances such as sulfates, nitrates, organic carbon and particulates; an acid rain monitor measures the acid content of precipitation; and an ozone monitor measures ground level ozone.
Air pollution carried toward mountain barriers may also be rained out before crossing over the mountains.
www.nps.gov /archive/noca/air.htm   (1016 words)

 David Suzuki Foundation: Climate Change : Air Pollution
Burning fossil fuels is the main cause of both air pollution and climate change, and health experts have concluded that climate change will actually make air pollution an even greater health threat - unless fossil fuel emissions are drastically reduced.
Air pollution from burning fossil fuels produces many other compounds that hurt our health: carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, sulphur dioxide, volatile organic compounds, and small airborne particulates.
Air pollution is also the primary culprit behind rising levels of asthma.
www.davidsuzuki.org /Climate_Change/Impacts/Health/Air_Pollution.asp   (408 words)

 Air Play Today: Air Pollution & Health   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Air pollution is a broad term applied to all chemical and biological agents that change the natural characteristics of the atmosphere causing harm to health or the environment.
Groups that are especially sensitive or at-risk to the adverse health effects of air pollution include children, the elderly, and those with pre-existing cardiac or respiratory diseases such as coronary artery disease, heart rhythm problems, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma and bronchitis to name a few.
You can better protect yourself and those you care about when you understand how air pollution affects your health and when you are aware what the air quality is in your community.
www.airplaytoday.org /airandhealth.htm   (784 words)

 International Journal of Health Geographics | Full text | Opportunities for using spatial property assessment data in ...
A major constraint to moving toward exposure assessments and epidemiological studies of air pollution at a neighbourhood level is the lack of readily available data at appropriate spatial resolutions.
For example, land use regression (LUR) models have been used to predict traffic-related air pollution levels for neighbourhood areas depending on nearby roads, traffic volume, population density, and land uses [3-5]; these predicted levels were then used as indicators of exposure for epidemiological analyses.
An example of this approach, employed for eight regions in British Columbia, is described in a recent report produced by the British Columbia Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection [10].
www.ij-healthgeographics.com /content/4/1/26   (3828 words)

 British Columbia Wood Carving   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Wood Lake (British Columbia) - Wood Lake is a lake in a chain of five major lakes which occupies portions of the Okanagan Valley in the interior of British Columbia, Canada.
Air pollution in British Columbia - Air pollution is a concern to citizens, governments, industry and First Nations in British Columbia (BC), Canada because of its effects on health and visibility.
Air quality is influenced in BC by numerous mountain ranges and valleys, which complicate atmospheric dispersion and can lead to high concentrations of pollutants such as particulate matter from wood smoke (...
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 Environment Probe, Publication List, Municipal Wastewater Pollution in British Columbia
Although numerous sources of pollution historically contributed to this deplorable state, effluents from sewage treatment plants (STPs) are by far the greatest source of contaminants to the Fraser River, contributing over 460 million litres of wastewater every day to the Lower Fraser alone.
In British Columbia, most shellfish closures are caused by bacteriological pollution from STP discharges and other sources such as leaking septic systems, urban and agricultural runoff, and wildlife.
Pollution Control Objectives for Municipal Type Waste Discharges in British Columbia: Also referred to as the Red Book, this 1975 document is used to develop today's permits employing waste management practices that were at the time considered to be the best.
www.environmentprobe.org /enviroprobe/pubs/ev535.htm   (13804 words)

 British Columbia Lung Association: Air quality
Air quality may be good compared to many areas in North America but existing pollution levels are nevertheless a health concern to British Columbians.
Seminars and open houses on pollution and air quality are organized throughout the year in British Columbia communities.
Educators are available to give one-on-one telephone and in-person consultations on pollution and air quality as they relate to lung health and lung disease prevention.
www.bc.lung.ca /airquality/airquality.html   (189 words)

 Open Directory - Science: Environment: Air Quality   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Air Resources Branch, British Columbia Ministry of Water, Land, and Air Protection - Information on major air quality issues, from local to global, including vehicle emissions, stratospheric ozone depletion, industrial emissions, and particulates.
Bay Area Air Quality Management District - The BAAQMD (District) is the regional, government agency that regulates sources of air pollution within the nine San Francisco Bay Area Counties.
Clean Air Society of Australia and New Zealand - Focus is air quality and the mechanics of air pollution.
dmoz.org /Science/Environment/Air_Quality   (1186 words)

 Aircare vehicle emissions testing program in Vancouver British Columbia, Canada
The main source of common air contaminants in the region is light-duty vehicles.
Air pollution has a negative effect on our health and the environment.
By improving the air quality in our backyards, British Columbian's are making a world of difference.
www.aircare.ca /ap-overview.php   (51 words)

 Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) - BC HealthFile #65a   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Poor indoor air quality may cause one or more of the following symptoms: headache, wheezing, tiredness, coughing, sneezing, sinus congestion, shortness of breath, dizziness, nausea, and irritation of the eyes, nose or throat.
Air cleaning: Air cleaners, including mechanical filters, may be used in the home in addition to controlling the source and improving ventilation.
Air filters and purifiers vary in their cost and in how well they work.
www.bchealthguide.org /healthfiles/hfile65a.stm   (962 words)

 The Environment Directory - Pollution:Air Pollution
Air Quality Information: Province of New Brunswick - Governmental organization responsible for the enchancement of the environment through cooperation, regulation, monitoring and assessment.
Clean Air Council - The Clean Air Council is a Pennsylvania non-profit organization working on behalf of the public to reduce air pollution.
University of Cologne - EURAD is a three-dimensional Eulerian air pollution modelling system which simulates the transport, chemical transformation and deposition of minor atmospheric constituents in the troposphere over Europe.
www.webdirectory.com /Pollution/Air_Pollution   (630 words)

 Nelson, British Columbia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Nelson (population 10,000) is a city located in the Selkirk Mountains on the extreme west arm of Kootenay Lake in the southern interior of British Columbia, Canada.
Known as "The Queen City" and acknowledged for its impressive collection of restored heritage buildings, Nelson is the seat of the Regional District of Central Kootenay.
The West Kootenay region of British Columbia, where the city of Nelson is situated, is the traditional territory of the Sinixt or Lakes First Nation.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Nelson,_British_Columbia   (1582 words)

 Asthmatic Children React to 'Moderate' Pollution
It was a moderate year for air pollution in the region, she said in a telephone interview.
"When the air quality index says that the air is good, that means levels of ozone in the air are anywhere between 0 and 60 parts per billion," she said.
In a commentary, George Thurston of the New York University School of Medicine and Dr. David Bates of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver agreed.
www.hempfarm.org /Papers/Asthma_and_Pollution.html   (580 words)

 Pollution & Toxics — Sightline Institute (formerly Northwest Environment Watch)
For the Cascadia Scorecard pollution indicator, Sightline chose to study pollution in people--toxics such as PBDE and PCBs--and what we can do to reduce our exposure.
The mothers in the Sightline study tell why they were tested for PBDEs and what they think should be done about the problem of toxics in humans.
There are some 85,000 synthetic chemicals approved for commercial use today, but few have been tested for their effects on human health.
www.sightline.org /research/pollution   (311 words)

 Clean Air: a Priority for British Columbia
It became clear that clean air was the most critical environmental issue and that motor vehicle emissions posed the most urgent problem among the entire array of air quality and transportation concerns.
This is precisely what we in British Columbia have wanted to hear from the industry all along.
For example, Ballard Power Systems (based in British Columbia) are applying their hydrogen fuel cell to Chicago buses this year.
www.islandnet.com /~rajames/ite/Feb96_CleanAir.html   (2207 words)

 WebWire® | B.C. Launches World’s First Air Quality Health Index
“British Columbia’s air quality is amongst the best in North America and we have seen some further improvements in recent years, which is important since air pollution is directly linked to increased health risks,” said Penner.
British Columbia is the first province in Canada to pilot the index.
“This new Air Quality-Health Index will be the world’s first and will empower Canadians to protect their health from the negative effects of air pollution,” added federal Health Minister Tony Clement.
www.webwire.com /ViewPressRel.asp?aId=20867   (552 words)

 Relation between Ambient Air Quality and Selected Birth Defects, Seven County Study, Texas, 1997-2000 -- Gilboa et al. ...
Schwartz J. Air pollution and hospital admissions for heart disease in eight U.S. counties.
Effect of air pollution on preterm birth among children born in southern California between 1989 and 1993.
Reduction of particulate air pollution lowers the risk of heritable mutations in mice.
aje.oxfordjournals.org /cgi/content/full/162/3/238   (4944 words)

 New EPA Deal Lets Factory Farms Pollute Air without Restriction
In exchange for the freedom to pollute without any restrictions, the deal simply requires that factory farms agree to allow the EPA to monitor their air pollution.
In exchange for the freedom to pollute without any restrictions, the deal "requests" that factory farms agree to monitor their air pollution and provide that data to the government.
Bush's "Dirty Air" agreement is outrageous, given that the Clean Air Act already requires factory farms to provide air pollution data, while also requiring facilities to adhere to clean air standards.
www.organicconsumers.org /epa4.htm   (1617 words)

 NPS: Nature & Science» Air Resources Division–Permits:ARIS: North Cascades NP
The ozone-laden air is transported south down the tributary valleys of the Fraser River into North Cascades NP.
There is growing concern that air masses originating in Asia, and carried across the Pacific Ocean, may carry persistent organic pollutants into the park.
Additional information relative to air quality and air quality related values at North Cascades NP is available in J. Eilers et al.
www2.nature.nps.gov /air/Permits/ARIS/noca   (684 words)

 Traffic-Related Air Pollution and Otitis Media   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Air pollution exposure was analyzed in relation to physician diagnosis of otitis media in the first 2 years of life.
Given the ubiquitous nature of air pollution exposure and the importance of otitis media to children's health, these findings have significant public health implications.
We thank K. Meliefste, J. Cyrys, C. Harmath, M. Zeiler, K. Koschine, and M. Pitz for air pollution sampling and measurement, P. van Vliet for preparation of GIS data in the Netherlands, and G. Sedlmair from Stadt München, Referat für Umwelt und Gesundheit, for providing GIS data for Munich.
www.ehponline.org /docs/2006/9089/abstract.html   (567 words)

 thegreenpages - British Columbia: Air & Climate Archives   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
It is a new tool developed by environmental and health professionals to communicate the health risk posed by local air pollution conditions.
It is designed to help you make decisions to protect your health by limiting short term exposure to air pollution, adjusting your activity levels during increased levels of air pollution as well as reducing your personal contribution to air pollution.
In the effort to fight local air pollution, policy-makers have set their sights on industry and vehicles.
www.thegreenpages.ca /portal/bc/air_climate   (602 words)

 Energy Matters: Types of Energy Sources
Perhaps you are also familiar with the term "Greenhouse effect." Because those two terms are so important in understanding the pollution problem associated with burning biomass and fossil fuels, we should touch upon their definitions now.
Scientists believe that global warming is caused by the "Greenhouse effect." The greenhouse effect describes the accumulation of carbon dioxide in our earth's atmosphere.
But as humans began to burn fossil fuels to create energy (especially beginning just before the 20th century during the "Industrial Revolution"), more and more carbon dioxide was emitted into the air until the balance was slowly destroyed.
library.thinkquest.org /20331/types/pollute.html   (406 words)

 Crofton Airshed Citizens Group - Home
Over the last two years, the ministry has been in the process of re-writing the air permit for the Crofton mill, providing concerned citizens with fuel for optimism.
It was hoped that finally the government was going to live up to their responsibility to effectively regulate the air emissions from the mill.
Bernard Bintner, the Senior Industrial Pollution Officer for the Ministry of Environment, said that this will not be classified as a ‘major amendment’ and therefore there will be no public meetings or notice since the permit re-write is considered an improvement.
www.croftonair.org   (293 words)

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