There are already ways in which we can reduce air pollution caused by the burning of fuels, and others may be developed in the future. New applications that result from scientific research are subject to official regulations and laws.
The fossil fuels include coal, natural gas and the products from the fractional distillation of crude oil, such as petrol and diesel. When any fossil fuel is burned, one of the combustion products is carbon dioxide. Over the past 100 years, increasing amounts of fossil fuels have been burned each year. This has led to an increase in the percentage of carbon dioxide in the air. Many scientists believe this is causing global warming.
Reducing Carbon Dioxide in the Air
One way to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the air is to burn less fossil fuels. Unfortunately we depend on the burning of fossil fuels for heating, electricity generation and transport. If we are to burn less fossil fuels, we will need alternatives for these essential activities.
Power stations that burn fossil fuels to produce electricity are one of the main contributors of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. One way to reduce the air pollution caused by power stations is to use less electricity. Some ways to do this are: turning down the heating at home, insulating your home, turning off lights when you leave a room, using low-energy lamps, using…