Presented by Jordan Wilkerson
Whether we are in China or here in the United States, the air in major cities is infamous for its unpleasant haze and resulting health problems. There are many ways in which an unhealthy mixture of chemicals can make it into the atmosphere where humans live and breathe. This lecture will discuss some of the most famous of these pollutants, what they are made of, and what industrial processes form them. I will begin with a discussion of smog, then move to acid precipitation and particulate matter. Next I will explain the health problems and infrastructural damage these air pollutants can cause. I will conclude with some strategies employed to reduce the amount of these pollutants that blend into the air we breathe.