Facts on Car Pollution

Updated April 17, 2017

According to the Environmental Defense Fund, average households with two sedans will emit over 9072 Kilogram of carbon dioxide into our air every year. Sport utility vehicles emit as much as 40 per cent more than medium-sized cars. This pollution can stay in our atmosphere for up to a century. Our future may be at risk for global warming due to our economy's trends in households having more than one vehicle, as well as cars with poor gas mileage.


Car exhaust emits many types of pollutants including hydrogen, nitrogen, sulphur, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide.

Natural Disasters

The extra heat in our atmosphere from car pollution can cause our weather patterns to become unpredictable. These actions may lead to more natural disaster catastrophes.


According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, car pollutants cause ground-level ozone which damages your lungs and is extremely harmful to people who have asthma and other types of lung disease.

Climate Change

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Arctic temperatures have risen twice as much as the temperatures in the rest of the world. This raise in temperature is causing our polar ice caps to melt.

What You Can Do

Drive less, use public transportation and walk more. Purchase cars that get good gas mileage. Keep your car in good shape with good tires and regular oil changes. A car that is fine-tuned will get better gas mileage, emitting less pollution.

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Kristal Smith has been writing for the web for more than six years. Smith holds a visual communications degree, with a photography specialty. She graduated from Ivy Tech College in Evansville, Ind. Her articles specialize in health, nutrition, photography, Internet and web design.