The Effects of Natural Air Pollution

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The Effects of Natural Air Pollution
Pollen is a type of air pollution that causes hay fever. (Hemera Technologies/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Air pollution is a substance in the air that can be harmful to humans and the environment. Oftentimes, natural air pollution directly effects our health and the environment. Moreover, an increase in air pollution leads to an increase in health risks. As we become more familiar with the various types of natural air pollutants and their adverse effects, it will help us preserve our environment from damage and encourage us to lead a healthy life by avoiding exposure to certain pollutants.

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Volcanic Air Pollution

Sulphur dioxide gas and other pollutants react with oxygen and atmospheric moisture to form volcanic smog and acid rain. Volcanic smog is unpleasant and can result in headaches and irritation to the lungs and eyes at increased amounts. Acid rain can be hazardous to both life in the water and life on land. For example, acid rain kills fish by lowering the pH and increasing aluminium levels in streams and lakes. Moreover, acid rain indirectly kills trees and other plants by damaging their leaves and limiting nutrients available to them.

Mold

Mold pollution can be harmful to a building's occupants. Mold is generally found growing inside water-damaged buildings. Mold pollution can aggravate asthma symptoms or can infect the lungs and, if left untreated, can spread through the blood stream to other organs, resulting in death. There are also many allergic reactions involved with mould pollutions.

Sulphur Released by Oceans

Sulphur particles can be harmful when released into the environment. Sulphur particles can cause air pollution dense enough to hinder visibility. Also, sulphur is partially responsible for the destruction of the ozone layer and is a major component of acid rain. A major portion of sulphur from the earth's atmosphere is derived from the ocean. Moreover, natural sulphur can also be released through volcanic eruptions.

Pollen

Pollen is a type of air pollution that causes hay fever. The majority of the pollen in the air is released from trees, flowers and grass. Even though pollen pollution isn't as harmful as other natural air pollutants, it can still aggravate asthma symptoms and cause discomfort to those susceptible to hay fever.

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