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Environmental Pollution Studies$
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Gerry Best

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780853239239

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846313035

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Air pollution

Air pollution

(p.86) 9. Air pollution
Environmental Pollution Studies
Liverpool University Press

The emission of gases such as carbon monoxide (CO), oxides of nitrogen (NOx), hydrocarbons (HCs) and sulphur dioxide (SO2) into the air can cause undesirable health effects. These gases interact to form ozone, which can cause breathing difficulties and asthma. This chapter discusses the laws implemented by governments to prevent air pollution. The Clean Air Act of 1956 regulated the height of chimneys and introduced a new concept of ‘smoke control areas’. Governments also banned the use of tetraethyl lead (TEL) in petrol or made leaded petrol more expensive.

Keywords:   carbon monoxide, nitrogen, hydrocarbons, sulphur dioxide, air pollution, Clean Air Act of 1956, tetraethyl lead, petrol, leaded petrol

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