Atmosphere: Air Pollution and Its Effects

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Earth's atmosphere gives the planet its blue skies, mild temperature, and weather. The atmosphere also supports and protects all of the planet's life. People use the atmosphere for another purpose: as a receptacle for waste gases and particles. Air pollution obscures vistas, damages ecosystems, and compromises human health. Combined with water in the atmosphere, air pollutants create acid rain. In the upper atmosphere, air pollutants damage the ozone layer, which protects life from the Sun's harmful rays. Excess ...
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Overview

Earth's atmosphere gives the planet its blue skies, mild temperature, and weather. The atmosphere also supports and protects all of the planet's life. People use the atmosphere for another purpose: as a receptacle for waste gases and particles. Air pollution obscures vistas, damages ecosystems, and compromises human health. Combined with water in the atmosphere, air pollutants create acid rain. In the upper atmosphere, air pollutants damage the ozone layer, which protects life from the Sun's harmful rays. Excess emissions of greenhouse gases such as a carbon dioxide and methane push global temperatures higher, a phenomenon known as global warming. Even as some pollutants in some locations are regulated successfully, as populations grow and people acquire more cars and develop more industries, more intensive solutions are needed to deal with the many types of air pollution and its consequence.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Ashcliffe and Thad Ashcliffe
We were able to review only three volumes of an eight-volume set titled "Our Fragile Planet." For this reason, we can only speak specifically to the volumes we saw. If the other volumes in this series are at least equal to the three volumes we read, this is a stellar series more than worthy of purchase in its entirety. The three volumes we reviewed, Oceans, Atmosphere and Biosphere, are uniformly well done from the text to the charts, graphs, and sidebars to the drawings and photographs. Information is current and well written. We especially liked the use of bolding new words/concepts for easy identification for the student reader. All the bolded terms appear in a glossary even though the content words are nicely defined in the text. The general organization of each volume, too, is student-friendly. The author starts with the big picture/overview of the topic and the problems we as a species have caused and therefore must deal with—even discussing seldom-mentioned topics, like the introduction of invasive species into an environment. Another stellar example is chapter two of Oceans where at the beginning the text waltzes into basic chemistry without fanfare or implication of difficulty. The student reader painlessly follows the chemistry as necessary background material for the subject at hand. The student first learns about the background and theory, which provides the cause for the student to understand the effects. The subject matter, while thorough, explains first rather than being alarmist or forcibly overwhelming. It is necessarily harsh when appropriate. A significant part of each book is a section about what we humans can and must do on a global, in additionto local, level to rectify the problems that we as a species have caused. These discussions are crucial because students need to feel they are empowered to deal with these problems. The list of references and websites was top notch and the index was thorough. The publisher sites these volumes as being appropriate for the sixth to twelfth grader, we feel, however, that the 9- to 11-year-old contingent would find much to absorb in this set. The information is not "dumbed down" so a younger audience would find itself using these books on a topic basis rather than in their entirety. Although a textbook, this is the kind of set of nature books that many students, even the not-very-interested variety would find fascinating to look through—pausing where interested—which is a wonderful way to peak interest in a subject. We gladly give each of these books and the entire set a cookie. Reviewer: Mary Ashcliffe and Thad Ashcliffe
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816062133
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2007
  • Series: Our Fragile Planet Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 208
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents


Preface     vii
Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     x
What the Atmosphere Provides     1
The Gases and What They Do     3
The Atmosphere: Past and Present     13
The Motions of the Atmosphere     22
Other Factors That Shape a Region's Climate     35
Atmospheric Behavior: The Weather     43
What Makes the Weather?     45
Extreme Weather     59
Human Influence on the Atmosphere: Local Impacts     79
Air Pollutants and Air Pollution     81
Air Pollution and the Environment     92
Air Pollution and Human Health     101
Acid Rain     110
Air Pollution Control     123
The Atmosphere Above Cities     138
Human Influence on the Atmosphere: Global Impacts     145
Ozone Loss in the Stratosphere     147
Climate Change     157
Conclusion     169
Glossary     173
Further Reading     183
Index     189
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