Air Quality & Pollution

Air quality and pollution.This page displays a collection of environmental and sustainability (green) online videos about air quality and air pollution. Video topics include air quality standards, air toxics, the human health, environmental, and economic impacts of poor air quality, indoor air quality, air pollution prevention, acid rain, and related subjects.

While much has been accomplished to improve outdoor air quality, many problems remain. Technology has helped reduce pollutants from new vehicles, however there are more miles being traveled by more vehicles. Pollutants from fixed locations, such as coal-fired power plants and manufacturing facilities, continue to threaten the environment and human health. Specific air pollutants of concern include mercury, carbon monoxide, lead, ozone, sulfur dioxide, particulates, diesel exhaust, volatile organic compounds, nitrogen oxides, PM-10, dust, smoke, and soot.

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"" China Air Pollution. China has some of the world's worst air pollution. It leads in sulfur emissions and is the second largest producer of greenhouse gases. China ranks 94 out of 133 countries listed in the Environmental Performance Index (Yale University). About 2 minutes. Play Video >>

"" Air Pollution. This video shows many still photos of the effects of air pollution while text of air quality facts scroll across the screen. It was created for a school presentation to visually illustrate the impacts of ambient air pollution. About 3 minutes. Play Video >>

"" Mold & Indoor Air Quality. Find out about toxic mold and its effects on indoor air quality. Learn a proactive approach to maintaining good indoor air quality, free of toxic mold. About 6 minutes. Play Video >>

"" Stopping Urban Sprawl to Protect Our Air. Presentation excerpt by Pete McCloskey. In this video, McCloskey speaks about how Southern California went from having some of the cleanest air in the world in the 1930s to becoming heavily polluted in later decades. He saw how unregulated development of land led to urban sprawl and loss of open space. He discusses the need to focus on transit oriented development to fight air pollution and limit oil consumption. About 2 minutes. Play Video >> More about Pete McCloskey >>

"" The Devastating Effects of Pollution in China – Part 1. About the single most polluted place on earth, the coal-mining town of Linfen in Shanxi Province, China. In Linfen, kids play in dirty rivers and the sun sets early behind a thick curtain of smog. About 14 minutes. Play Video Part 1 >> Part 2 >>

"" Chinese Citizens Are Paying The Price For Pollution. Dirty Little Secrets: China has been sacrificing its environment and its people to feed its ever-growing economic powerhouse. About 24 minutes. Play Video >>

"" China's Grim Future. Documentary on China's wealth, potential collapse, and emerging environmental nightmare. About 56 minutes. Play Video >>

"" Air Pollution: Causes & Effects. Air pollution is the introduction of foreign products into the atmosphere that have detrimental effects on living organisms and cause damage to the environment. About 30 minutes. Play Video >>

"" Air Pollution. In 2012, seven million people died worldwide because of air pollution. It is one of the most serious threats to public health, according to the World Health Organization. About 2 minutes. Play Video >>

"" Air Pollution Causes, Effects And Solutions! The earth we abuse and the living things we kill will, in the end, take their revenge; for in exploiting their presence we are diminishing our future. About 9 minutes. Play Video >>

"" Air Pollution Causes More Than 6 Million Deaths Worldwide. Air pollution affects practically everyone on the planet and causes more than 6 million premature deaths every year, according to the World Health Organization. The health hazards of air pollution vary, often based on how long and to how much a person is exposed. Acute effects include pneumonia, while in the long term it can lead to emphysema, lung cancer and cardiovascular disease. Children, the elderly and those with already comprised immune systems are particularly susceptible. About 5 minutes. Play Video >>

"" State of the Air: Health Effects of Air Pollution. With some of the worst air quality in the nation, Southern California is making great strides to improve its pollution levels. Find out how air pollution affects the health of you and your loved ones, and why it's so important to join the fight for clean air. About 6 minutes. Play Video >>

"" World Bank Study Shows Air Pollution Costs Trillions Annually. The World Bank has released a study detailing the economic impact of air pollution, saying unclean air is costing the world more than five trillion US dollars annually. The study also shows air pollution severely impedes economic growth in many developing countries. About 3 minutes. Play Video >>

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