Atmospheric pollution

by Béatrice Provençal on November 21, 2017 - 3:19pm

Recently, there was an alert in Montreal, raised by Environment Canada, regarding air quality. The air was severely affected, to a point where there was a possibility of smog. This smog is caused by an elevated level of pollution. According to Développement durable, Environnement et Lutte contre les changements climatiques, a smog is a yellowish haze from a mixture of air pollutants that limits visibility in the atmosphere. It consists mainly of fine particles and ozone. Thus, even if this warning has been lowered, it suggests that pollution can have a detrimental effect on not only the human being but also the ecosystem and all that surrounds it.

Pollution has a massive impact on air quality which can create smog. Then, this smog affects the ecosystem. According to the Government of Canada, the atmospheric pollution acts on the ecosystem, such as: soil and water, vegetation and wildlife. This is a major problem since all the resources necessary for a good living are negatively affected. Therefore, pollution gradually degrades the life expectancy of our planet where this is cause by human beings.

Indeed, human beings are responsible for this problem because of their actions and their choices. Thus, there are many solutions which can be put in place to help this situation. To reduce the quantity excessive of pollution, one of solution could be to have greater accessibility to public transit throughout the city for a fluid circulation. So, it would reduce the harmful particles that could be found in the air. Furthermore, according to Conseil Régional Environnement Montréal, having a wood burning fireplace is also a problem. Therefore, obtaining a permit should be enforced for heating installations. Hence, it would reduce emissions due to unpopularity because of the permit. Moreover, according to Développement durable, Environnement et Lutte contre les changements climatiques, an air quality index has been put in place to regularize the air. Even if it is already in place, it should be more present in sustainable cities, such as Montreal. For example, since there are more peoples at risk to have respiratory problem.

​Works cited:

Conseil Régional Environnement Montréal. (2017, November 9). Qualité de l’air. Retrieved

from http://www.cremtl.qc.ca/qualite-lair

Développement durable, Environnement et Lutte contre les changements climatiques.

Indice de qualité de l’air. Retrieved from http://www.mddelcc.gouv.qc.ca/air/iqa/index.htm

Développement durable, Environnement et Lutte contre les changements climatiques. Info-

Smog. Retrieved from http://www.mddelcc.gouv.qc.ca/air/info-smog/index.htm

Government of Canada. (2012, June 20). Air pollution environmental issues. Retrieved from

https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/air-pollution/quality-environment-economy/issues.html

 

 

Comments

Hey! You are right about the fact that the human being in our society is not helping the situation. We take decisions that are not healthy for our planet because of a matter of simplicity and self-importance. Based on information related to the quality of air, the smog alert you saw was maybe held only for a couple of hours or days. According to The Weather Network, the quality of the air in Montreal, at this time, is pretty good but it obviously depends on the day. People that would see this alert and the quality of the air a couple of days after would maybe deny the existence of a possible danger and not understand the effect smog has on our society. Smog is pretty harmful human health since it can be responsible for cold, pneumonia, irritation or even lung cancer. People need to be careful and need to understand what is really going on since that might be messed up with the difference of data day after day.

https://www.meteomedia.com/ca/previsions/qualite-air/quebec/montreal
https://www.conserve-energy-future.com/smogpollution.php

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