• Question: wat are atmosphere pollutants

    Asked by mastermind1 to Anna, Iain on 21 Mar 2014.
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      Anna Middleton answered on 21 Mar 2014:

      Hi mastermind1
      Atmospheric pollutants are anything that is spilled into the air that isn’t very good for us. Gases and particles that we produce on earth travel out into the atmosphere and this can then have a negative impact on the earth. These gases may be man-made or they may occur naturally. Some pollutants stay in the atmosphere for years, even 100s of years and others are broken down and come back to earth in rain.

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      Iain Moal answered on 21 Mar 2014:

      Well, a pollutant is anything that is released that does something bad. An atmospheric pollutant is a pollutant that is released into the air, as opposed to other places such as the water. There are lots of different types of pollutants, such as CFC gasses, which have caused there to be a hole in the ozone layer that protects us from the sun, or compounds of nitrogen and sulphur, which can cause the rain to be more acidic and damage trees, and can also cause asthma.