Open Access Presidential Scholars Thesis
This report centers around one of today's most prominent environmental issues-- air pollution. pollutants are defined and explained. First, the major Chloroflourocarbons, ozone, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, methane, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and suspended particulate matter all receive attention. Next, air pollution's effect on the Earth is explained. The "greenhouse effect", global warming, acid rain, and ozone depletion all have an enormous impact on Earth's climate and atmosphere. The report proceeds on to discuss options for controlling and so lving the air pollution problem. Se+ective catalytic reduction, noncatalytic reduction, tradeable permits-- these three processes are examples of large scale attempts at controlling air pollution. Shorter-lived chloroflourocarbons, renewable resources, and alternative fuel sources may help to approach an actual solution to the pollution problem. The respiratory system's reactions to air pollution are considered next. Th e mechanics of breathing are explained first. Carbon monoxide's and ozone's effects on the pulmonary system are examined individually. Asthma and lung cancer are explored next , without specifying given pollutants. Finally, a political approach to the problem is examined. One national and three international policies and plans are discussed: The U.S. Clean Air Act revisions, 1990, the Montreal Protocol, 1987, the Large Combustion Plant Directive, 1988, and the United Nations proposal for 1992 .
Date of Award
Department of Biology
Presidential Scholar Designation
A paper submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation Presidential Scholar
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©1992 Jennifer Randall
Randall, Jennifer, "Aspects of air pollution, and its effect on the respiratory system" (1992). Presidential Scholars Theses (1990 – 2006). 127.