What are the main causes of air pollution?


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Some of the major causes of air pollution include burning of fossil fuels, agricultural activities, exhaust from industries, vehicle fumes, mining operations and indoor pollutants. Air pollution has a negative impact on the environment and life in general.

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What are the main causes of air pollution?
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Air pollution may result in negative effects such as global warming, respiratory and heart complications, acid rain, destruction of the Ozone layer and destruction of natural habitats. Fossil fuels produce high levels of carbon. Carbon is quite toxic and causes a negative effect to the environment. Burning agricultural products and spraying chemicals on crops are just a few of the things that cause air pollution. The toxicity of such chemicals may remain present in the air for a long period of time causing negative effects to wildlife and other vegetation. In the process of manufacturing products, factories end up emitting high quantities of toxic fumes. These fumes may cause acid rain and destroy the Ozone layer. Detergents, air fresheners and painting supplies have toxic substances which are deposited into the air. As human beings extract minerals and other substances from the earth, the use of heavy machinery is common. This activity releases dust and other chemicals into the air causing massive pollution.

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