Global warming has been a big debate for people in the United States for as long as I can remember. Growing up I can think of many different times where the controversy was talked about on the news. Eventually, everyone came to realize that Humans are making the air pollution and are having major effects on the world that could be disastrous in the long run. The earliest recording of air pollution was in the 16th century. It was a mining industry that was mining silver and selling it worldwide in a part of South America when the Spanish Empire forced native Inca to mine silver for them. Scientists found evidence of this by looking into the layers of ice in a glacier and seeing the level of CO2 in them and other evidence in the ice.This type of research of ice is called ice core dating. The ice core dating of the mining incident just proves that humans can have a major impact on the atmosphere without us knowing until many years later. The problem with Air Pollution is that it is a very hard problem to fix, unlike others. Such as water, poor soil, and other issues. Although those are big issues there are ways to fix those problems and ways to avoid them. For air pollution, we have not yet created a way to make sure our atmosphere is at a certain concentration of everything for us to survive for a very long time on this earth. If we aren’t able to discover a way to help the pollution problem then we might not always be safe on this planet. It may be an extremely long time off from this point in time so we might discover a way and we might not but let us hope for the best scenario.
Although the industrial revolution started in Britain in the 18th century it still affects our air today. During that time, as you can in the picture above, it was a time where we didn’t really know how all of this was affecting us. The machines and how they ran were all new and no one knew the side effects such as smog (“fog or haze combined with smoke and other atmospheric pollutants.”), bad lungs, the decrease in the Ozone layer (“a layer in the earth’s stratosphere at an altitude of about 6.2 miles (10 km) containing a high concentration of ozone, which absorbs most of the ultraviolet radiation reaching the earth from the sun.”), bad for environment and just plain bad for Human beings in general. We know air pollution has been affecting us for a long time and it really began to affect our world starting from the industrial revolution but there are modern day effects just like the ones in the 18th century. To think of one just for now I am going to bring up how the industrialization of our country has created a gas guzzling machine. Since the invention of a car engines and the car itself, the world has seen a large scale increase in CO2 in the air. Since there is such a large demand for oil for cars, boats/ships, and all of these things you need industrialized buildings and machines to help retrieve this oil for all of these modes of transportation. In North Dakota (northwest), there is a large toxic cloud that you can see at night even. Those are from the oil industry. They drill for the oil and once you drill for oil, not just oil comes out. Gas is something that also comes out. But for companies, it is cheaper to just burn the gas then to capture it so they get the oil and just burn off the gas into the air. Just imagine the amount of oil you drill for and image the amount of gas that would come out and the oil industry is just burning it into the air. If every place around the world is doing this then there is a large amount of CO2 going into the air from industrialization making it a huge problem. Just try to combine what that amount is and also put into the air from car emissions, house gasses, factories, and many many more things from modern day industrialization. So all in all air pollution from industrialization is a problem and we should be working on a way to fix this problem at some point.