Air pollution and carbon monoxide in China have been largely attributed to industrial production and coal burning during the early part of economic development. During recent years, it was observed that the cumulative emissions of total suspended particulates (TCP), long-term suspended organic compounds (STOC) and sulfur oxide (SO) have surpassed their peak and are rapidly declining. Stricter administrative actions such as banning of new construction projects and use of toxic materials, and use of clean energy sources, have helped in controlling the contamination of air and water supplies. However, some experts believe that the rapid declines in air quality are largely the result of improved efficiency of factories.
Increased efficiency in vehicle production has led to increased emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and particulate matters. Both VOCs and particulate matters are highly detrimental to human health because they cause serious damage to the lungs. In fact, chronic exposure to VOCs results in a wide range of symptoms including asthma, coughing, and wheezing. In addition, sulfur dioxide, which is a common component of industrial emissions, is carcinogenic. Several studies have shown that current air pollution in China is particularly hazardous to children.
The first step in controlling air pollution is emission control. In this regard, there are several mechanisms through which emission can be controlled. The first mechanism involves vehicle exhaust. In general, vehicles accelerate rapidly after starting and decelerate after stopping. During combustion, incomplete combustion results in the release of harmful gaseous emissions, such as hydrocarbons and oxides of nitrogen, into the atmosphere. Vehicles also produce particulate matters and black smoke during combustion.
A Guide To Control Air Pollution
Emission control is therefore important for public safety. Carbon monoxide, for example, is an oxides of nitrogen compound that is released during incomplete combustion processes. Carbon dioxide, the major component of VOCs, is a greenhouse gas that is said to increase global warming. Several studies have demonstrated that carbon dioxide is a major contributor to poor air quality throughout the United States. Other potential contributors to poor air quality are carbon monoxide, ozone, and other gases.
Emissions standards were established by the United States Environmental Protection Agency or EPA in response to increasing concerns about air pollution and its adverse effects. The EPA has set numerous national emission standards, such as the emission level for each vehicle for its tailpipe emissions and the engine size of every vehicle on the road. These emissions standards were established to ensure that air quality remains good. The agency also sets guidelines for manufacturers to reduce emissions, if required by law. For instance, all new cars sold in the United States are required to meet the Clean Air Act emission standards. Manufacturers are also required to monitor emissions and report any significant deviations.
There is a difference between what is required by law and what is actually required. The Clean Air Act allows the Environmental Protection Agency to dictate what vehicles must be produced and sold while still allowing vehicle manufacturers flexibility in how they reach those emissions standards. Manufacturers are required to purchase emissions testing equipment and use a certain number of emissions tests according to the law. If emissions standards are not met, then the EPA can dictate what corrective action they deem necessary. The EPA is not able to dictate what should be done.
In The End
The Clean Air Act and other federal laws, regulations, and environmental standards were enacted in response to the harmful effects of air pollution. These laws aim to protect the public from the adverse effects of air pollution. There are also many environmental justice programs that help to reduce the negative environmental impacts of various industries. These types of programs focus on protecting the health of people and the environment. They also help to ensure a just and healthy society.