Air pollutants - Air pollutants are particles liquids and gases which have harmful chemical properties These pollutants are often found in large

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Air pollutants are particles, liquids, and gases which have harmful chemical properties. These pollutants are often found in large concentrations in urban areas but may affect rural communities as well. Air pollutants have been shown to be a risk factor for some birth defects such as heart abnormalities . Common air pollutants include: Carbon monoxide Ozone Nitrogen dioxide Particulate matter The risk of birth defects, particularly heart abnormalities, may increase when women are exposed to higher amounts of ozone and carbon monoxide in the second month of pregnancy. Air pollution is produced by any sort of atmospheric contaminant whether caused by human or natural actions or located inside or outside of doors. Air pollution can have large negative effects on human health. Recently, it has been recognized as an international health problem. There are a large variety of air pollutants. One of the most long-standing is smoke. Coal is, and has been for centuries, responsible for large quantities of smoke and is therefore itself an air pollutant. Heavy reliance on fossil fuels has introduced sulfur and nitrogen oxides as major pollutants as well. One of the largest producers of air pollution today is auto-emission -- and with it, nitrogen oxide, volatile organic compounds, and especially carbon monoxide. Many
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Air pollutants - Air pollutants are particles liquids and gases which have harmful chemical properties These pollutants are often found in large

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