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Car Pollution Facts: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Mary Beth Burns

Mary Beth has taught 1st, 4th and 5th grade and has a specialist degree in Educational Leadership. She is currently an assistant principal.

Car pollution is a very harmful form of air pollution. Learn more about what car pollution is, its effects on the environment and ozone layer, and what you can do to help reduce car pollution.

What is Car Pollution?

Did you know that there are more than 246 million cars in the United States? While cars are a wonderful luxury that people are lucky to have, they are also responsible for car pollution, which is a type of air pollution. Car engines release poisonous gases that pollute the air, especially the extremely harmful greenhouse gas called carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide can cause people to get really sick or even die. In fact, 80% of lung diseases are a result of car pollution. It is easy for children to get sick from carbon monoxide, so make sure that you are not in a place where you are breathing in the gases from a car.

Effects on the Environment

Car pollution causes instant and long-standing effects on the environment. One major effect on the environment is its effect on global warming, which is the gradual increase of the Earth's temperature. If global warming is not controlled, it will be difficult for plants, animals and even humans to live on planet Earth. Have you ever sat too close to a fire and started to get too hot? You would probably want to back away from the fire. If global warming gets out of control, it would be like that, except you would not be able to back away.

This is what is left of these trees after they have been hit by acid rain
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Another effect that car pollution has on the environment is acid rain. Acid rain is a very dangerous form of rain that is formed when poisonous gases are blown into the sky, mixes with the clouds and poisonous rain comes out. Acid rain can kill plants, destroy animals that live in lakes or rivers, and can contaminate our water.

Effects on the Ozone Layer

The ozone layer protects us from the sun
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