• Air pollution is harmful to human beings and other living things.
  • About 22 million people die from air pollution each year.
  • Breathing polluted air increases the risk of developing lung diseases such as asthma and lung cancer.
  • Air pollution can also harm the environment.
  • The pollutants include particulates, ozone, nitrogen oxides, sulfur oxides and carbon monoxide.
  • Heavy metals, such as mercury and lead, are toxic to living things and can enter food chains from the atmosphere.
  • The higher up a food chain that humans eat, the greater the levels of toxic metals they take in.
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