ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION IS AN INCURABLE DISEASE AND CAN ONLY BE PREVENTED
Is everyone getting ready for the weekend, Dan and I have been enjoying our mornings on our porch with a cup of organic coffee.
Loving to watch the seeds that I planted coming up and the smell of the basil plant next to my rocking chair. The other day as I was watering them, the water went through the cracks of the panels on the floor onto our neighbor down stairs. Oops, sorry!!! Has that ever happened to you? I will have to find a better way of watering the plants so this does not happen again!! Any suggestions?
All I can think of is laughter, when things go wrong there is always that. If you have not been to my YouTube page, you should. The series I’m working on is laughter and how this is inspiring me daily.
Laughter connects you with people. It's almost impossible to maintain any kind of distance or any sense of social grouping when you're just howling with laughter.
Continuing on the subject of air pollution, today I will focus on the second of substances that causes air pollution; organic compounds. Organic compounds contain hydrogen, oxygen, carbon, and often times other elements.
Humans have been burning organic compounds since the discovery of fire. Maybe you have seen art work of cavemen around a wood fire cooking their food. Fast forwarding thousands of years. Humans today burn coal and other fossil fuels not just to heat things, but as a source of energy for transportation. Currently, humans burn not only wood, and coal, but natural gas, and petroleum derivatives.
These are all organic compounds because they contain three main elements: carbon, oxygen, and hydrogen.
There are three basic types of pollution that are associated with the combustion of organic compounds. The pollution that is most commonly generated by the combustion of organic compounds is carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is a compound containing one carbon atom and one oxygen atom, therefore, giving it the formula CO. It results from the incomplete combustion of organic compounds such as wood, coal, oil and natural gas. Incomplete combustion of organic compounds occurs when the amount of the organic compound being burned exceeds oxygen levels required to cleanly burn the fuel. The biggest source of this type of pollution is vehicle engines.
Of the mixtures of gases in our atmosphere, nitrogen is in first place in terms of quantity in the atmosphere. When organic compounds are burned at high temperatures, nitrogen dioxide is formed. Nitrogen dioxide is a brownish gas that is a result of organic compound combustion in vehicle engines.
Particulate matter is not a specific chemical compound, but particles that are generated in the combustion of organic compounds. Vehicle engines, especially diesel engines, produce exhaust containing particulate matter.
LAUGHTER IS LIKE A WINDSHIELD🌦️
Good morning Friday ⭐ getting ready for the weekend 😁 laughter is like a windshield wiper, it doesn't stop the rain. But it allows us to keep going. Stop and smell the roses.
Ammonia is another pollutant generated through the combustion of organic compounds. Guess what? Combustion in vehicle engines produces ammonia.
Often times, organic compounds such as coal, and petroleum contain other elements such as sulfur. When these compounds are burned in oxygen sulfur dioxide is produced.
Secondary pollutants are other pollutants that are generated from primary pollutants. For instance, when nitrogen dioxide is exposed to sunlight, ozone gas is generated. Nitrogen dioxide and ozone are major contributors to smog, which is a word combined from ''smoke'' and ''fog''.
Nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide react with rain water generating acids, hence the term acid rain.
It would seem logical that no one would be against preventing air pollution, but we are still fighting it over one hundred years after the invention of the organic compound combustion engine. There are a few ideas that could help reduce air pollution. I know before doing research on pollution on earth, I did not really have any opinion on global warming; however, now I do. Yes, throughout history the weather has changed, but with all the chemicals that is letting go in our atmosphere; we are causing it- global warming to come sooner.
Yesterday I discussed, vehicles seem to be a huge part of the air pollution problem. In recent years, the development and production of electric vehicles have increased. These vehicles don't burn organic compounds because they run solely on batteries. Batteries have to be charged though, and the electrical energy used to charge the vehicle's batteries comes from an electrical power plant. Some of these power plants burn organic compounds to generate electricity! There is technology that can be used to scrub the air generated in the combustion chambers to keep the pollutants from entering the atmosphere.
With respect to the burning of organic compounds in electrical power plants, alternative sources of energy are also used. These sources of energy are renewable forms of energy such as wind and solar. There is also nuclear energy, which doesn't produce air pollutants.
This is something to think about!!!
Until tomorrow, I leave with this - every chemical substance, whether natural or artificial, falls into one of two major categories, according to the characteristic of its form. The distinction is between those substances that have a plane of balance and those that do not. The former belongs to the mineral, the latter to the living world.
On Saturday, I will be blogging on the third substances that causes air pollution; dust particles. Particle pollution is a mixture of tiny particles and droplets made up of dirt, dust, soot, smoke and liquid compounds. These particles can be particularly damaging to your health.