Air Quality In Houston

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One of the world's main natural resources is air. Without air no human being on this earth would be able to survive. Therefore the way we maintain our air quality is extremely important to us and our future generation. This topic is very serious because over the last few years Houston has been rated the #1 polluted city in America also known as, "The Smog Capital of America". Pollution can cause many problems in our environment as well as our society. In the following paragraphs I will be discussing. The major concerns with air quality in Houston, the effects it has on our society, description of the different air pollutants and their causes, solutions to air pollution and the benefits it will have for our environment.

Houston is the fourth largest city in America. Our city has a tremendous amount of industrial plants that provide goods and services for our citizens.

These industries employ hundreds of people in which most of them are unaware of all the pollution industrial plants, chemical plants along with many other business are creating on a daily basis. What are the major concerns with the Houston's air quality? "Houston's being an oil industry city contributes to the problem." ( Air pollution is very hazardous to our health as well as our society. Young children with asthma problems and elderly people with respiratory aliments are most affected by the pollution in the air. Other people have encountered health issues such as asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, and lung cancer. "Texas ranks ninth in the nation in deaths from power plant emissions with 1,310 deaths annually. Additionally, each year, power plant pollution causes estimated 6,140 asthma attacks in Houston." ( It is ridiculous to think that Houston alone causes the amount of theses attack and deaths. This is when...