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Air Pollution Lecture Powerpoint

This air pollution Powerpoint lecture begins with two case studies: the Donora fluoride fog disaster, and the great London Smog of 1952. These incidents are used to illustrate the dire health and environmental effects of air pollution when it is unregulated. The rest of the Powerpoint lecture centers around the passage of the Clean Air Act and its subsequent amendments. The specific air pollution molecules, such as sulfur dioxide and carbon monoxide, that are controlled by this act are compared. Students will learn the primary sources of each pollutant and what steps have been taken to reduce the emissions of each. A student notes outline is also available for this lecture.

Essential concepts: Air pollution, greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, particulates, ozone, lead, vocs, volatile organic compounds, criteria air pollutants, clean air act, emissions, point source, nonpoint source, primary pollutant, secondary pollutant, dispersion, air quality, acid precipitation, temperature inversion, ozone layer, CFCs, Montreal Protocol.

Test questions: Available for purchase at the environmental science instructor resources subscription page.

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