What Are the Effects of Air Pollution?

The effects of air pollution include acidification, eutrophication, ground-level ozone and particulate matter. Acidification occurs during a chemical reaction with air pollutants that causes acid rain, and it affects the environment and structures. When acid rain occurs, it may kill animals, fish and wildlife.

Some industries that produce sulfur dioxide, a contributor to global pollution, include natural gas production and industrial agriculture. Eutrophication carries nitrogen into rivers and streams, resulting in algae growth that is harmful to living organisms in the water. Ground-level ozone is a combination of several of the poisonous gases that also emerge due to air pollution.