Air pollutants include carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, particulate matter, toxic air pollutants, greenhouse gases, and sulfur dioxide (Vallero 2014, pp35). Carbon monoxide forms from burning fuels. Emissions are high when fuel is incompletely burned or engines are not properly tuned (Reitze 2001, pp. 532). Cars, furnaces, and heaters are the main producers of carbon monoxide when not properly maintained. Carbon monoxide leads to heart disease and death when inhaled.
Nitrogen dioxide originates from cars and power plants when fuel is burnt or when oxygen and nitrogen in the air react at high temperatures. The gas forms acidic rain that is harmful for agriculture, and respiratory infections. Particulate matter forms through chemical reactions, farming, industrial processes, and fuel combustion. Toxic air pollutants are emissions from fossils, building material, and industrial release (Vallero 2014, pp37). They add to the hazardous chemical list of air pollutants.
Green house gases trap the sunlight leading to warming up the planet. They lead to global changes in climate, changes in sea levels, forest compositions, and damaging land (Lazaridis 2011, pp. 253). Sculpture dioxide reacts with the atmosphere to form particles and acidic rain harmful for vegetation.
The movement to increase production from 75 tons to 100 tons by the pulp and paper industry implies release of more industrial waste into the atmosphere than in production of lower output. The company intends to increase its profits by increasing the output. Maximizing on the output implies cutting down of trees. This will serve the purpose of environmental maintenance as most of the trees that the company intends to use matured a long time ago. There is need for these trees to be cut down to facilitate planting of new trees in the area. Additionally, the amount of oxygen that these trees release in the air is not sufficient depending on the region that these trees have covered for decades. Instead of adding oxygen into air, these trees release more of air pollutants than oxygen.
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Reitze, Arnold W. Air Pollution Control Law: Compliance and Enforcement. Washington, DC: Environmental Law Institute, 2001. Print.
Vallero, Daniel A. Fundamentals of Air Pollution. , 2014. Internet resource.