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What are the hazards of air pollution?

Views:6     Author: XICHENG EP LTD     Publish Time: 2021-08-14      Origin: XICHENG EP LTD

The hazards of air pollution experienced by humans were primarily the hazards to human health at first, and then gradually discovered various hazards to industrial and agricultural production and adverse effects on weather and climate. People's in-depth research on the mechanism, distribution and scale of air pollutants has provided the necessary basis for the control and prevention of air pollution. After air pollution, due to the different sources, nature, concentration and duration of pollutants, the differences in the meteorological conditions of the polluted areas, the differences in the geographical environment and other factors, and even the differences in people’s age and health conditions, they will cause different harms to each person.


The impact of air pollution on the human body is first to feel uncomfortable, then physiologically reversible, and then further to appear acute hazard symptoms. The harm of air pollution to humans can be roughly divided into three types: acute poisoning, chronic poisoning, and carcinogenesis.


(1) Acute poisoning


When the concentration of pollutants in the air is low, it usually does not cause acute human poisoning, but under certain special conditions, such as special accidents in the production process of the factory, a large number of harmful gases leaking out, and sudden changes in external meteorological conditions, etc., It will cause acute poisoning of the crowd. For example, the leak of methyl isocyanate from the Pabor Pesticide Plant in India directly harmed the human body, causing 2,500 deaths and more than 100,000 victims.


(2) Chronic poisoning


The chronic toxic effect of air pollution on human health is mainly manifested in the phenomenon of increased prevalence of pollutants after they act on the human body continuously for a long time at a low concentration. The incidence of lung cancer among urban residents in China is very high, with the highest rate in Shanghai, where respiratory diseases are significantly higher among urban residents than in the suburbs.

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(3) Carcinogenicity


This is the result of long-term effects, because pollutants act on the body for a long time, damage the genetic material in the body, and cause mutations. If the germ cells are mutated, the offspring will have various abnormalities, which is called teratogenicity; if it causes the organism’s cell inheritance The effect of sudden changes in material and genetic information is also called mutagenicity; if it induces tumors, it is called carcinogenicity. The "cancer" referred to here includes benign tumors and malignant tumors. Carcinogens in the environment can be divided into chemical carcinogens, physical carcinogens, and biological carcinogens. The process of carcinogenesis is quite complicated, and there are generally initiation stages and prolongation stages. Factors that can induce tumors are collectively referred to as carcinogenic factors. Tumors caused by long-term exposure to carcinogenic factors in the environment are called environmental tumors. Air pollution will lead to a decline in human life.


Air pollutants are mainly divided into harmful gases (carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides, hydrocarbons, photochemical smog, and halogen elements, etc.) and particulate matter (dust and acid mist, aerosols, etc.). Their main sources are factory emissions, automobile exhaust, land reclamation, forest fires, cooking smoke (including roadside barbecues), dust (including construction sites), etc.

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