Air Pollution – How the Traffic Tie-Ups Destroy Our Health and the Planet
It seems obvious that busy and dense populated areas with a big number of land transport are highly polluted with exhaust gases and combustion products which harm human health and contaminate the surrounding air space. But only a few decades ago such contamination was not taken into account.
Only a few people know that traffic jams and tie-ups harm the environment much more than free car movement. This happens because cars burn way more fuel during the acceleration. This means that busy streets force cars to burn much more fuel and exhaust much more gases and combustion products into the atmosphere.
Land transport affects the environment very badly
It consumes enormous amounts of fossil fuel, burning them and exhausting them into the atmosphere. Global Warming speeds up due to the extended use of land transport like cars, motorbikes, trucks, and others.
Land motor transport emits huge amounts of CO2 and nitrogen dioxide which cause a destructive impact on the atmosphere and ozone layer. Land transport causes other environmental problems such as air and water pollution, cities littering. Land deprivation and landscape destruction.
Fossil fuel extraction has a drastic impact on the environment. Mining, resource extraction, infrastructure, and heavy equipment destroy the environment. Landscape experiences irreversible changes while heavy equipment lifts soil layers, destroying long-existed ecosystems and depleting fertile lands.
Exhaust gases and combustion products kill us slowly polluting the surrounding air
Numerous scientific researches and studies were taken to find out how traffic jams and dense car movement affect the city population. One thing for certain – exhaust gases and combustion products kill us slowly polluting the surrounding air. A regular sedan car releases a dangerous cocktail made from sulfur, hydrocarbons, CO2, and nitrogen oxides.
We breathe in such a composition every day while heading to work or back home and even when we sleep. A regular city inhabitant is exposed to an extremely harmful impact of moving land transport. Car noise is another side of the same problem. Round-the-clock noises and horns cause sleep disorders, anxiety, hypertension, and even diabetes.
Long- and short-term environmental effects irreversible change our planet and our lives. Acid rainfalls are one of the consequences of intense road traffic. Water is polluted by the machine oil leaks, rubber erasure, and other side effects of intense cars’ usage.
Since land transport movement emits a lot of CO2, Global Warming is gaining momentum in the form of intense ice and glacier melting, ocean desalination, sea-level rise, frequent natural disasters, and desertification.
Cars’ parts have a strictly limited service life
Cars are designed to function properly only for a certain period of time. All cars’ parts have a strictly limited service life: tires, doors, transmission, glass parts, engine parts, sheathings, and technological parts will fall into disuse.
Any new car will need to be professionally serviced at some point in its life. Producers want people to buy more by selling them a knowingly spoiled product. At some point, the car’s engine would not be able to burn fuel properly. This causes the emission of toxic and hazardous substances.
Such unregulated emissions cause various respiratory illnesses and cancer. Humans are not the only ones who suffer from excess transport usage. Plants are living creatures that absorb their surrounding chemical elements and the air around them. Plants are an important part of the environmental cycle helping to cleanse and cool down the air around us. But even plants can’t cope with the tremendous environmental crisis caused by humans. The destruction of the ozone layer is visible proof of that.
People who live in urban and suburban areas are the most exposed to chemicals and hazardous combustion products
These chemicals and hazardous combustion products include sulfur dioxide, CO2, and hydrocarbons. These elements are toxic and cause acid rains, atmosphere depletion, and numerous health diseases.
There’re solutions that can fix the current problem of environmental pollution. The danger is coming from the excess usage of transport, not from its specific characteristics. Public transport can fix this issue by reducing the number of cars on the city streets.
Fortunately, the situation is gradually changing for the better, and significant reductions of emissions are already noted, largely due to the improved vehicle engine composition, catalytic converters, and improved fuel chemistry. Hybrid and electronic engines are also gaining wide popularity.
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