is the introduction of chemicals,particulate matter, or
biological materialsthat cause harm or discomfort to humans or other livingorganisms, or damages thenatural environment, into theatmosphere.
The atmosphere is a complex, dynamic natural gaseous system that isessential to support life on planetEarth.Stratospheric ozone depletiondue
to air pollution has long been recognized as a threat to human health as wellas to the Earth'secosystemsEvery day, the average person inhales about 20,000 liters of air. Every timewe breathe, we risk inhaling dangerous chemicals that have found their wayinto the air
) The presence in the outdoor atmosphere of one or morecontaminants such as dust, fumes, gas, mist, odor, smoke, or vapor inquantities and of characteristics and duration such as to be injurious tohuman, plant, or animal life or to property, or to interfere unreasonably withthe comfortable enjoyment of life and property.
umans probably first experienced harm from air pollution when they builtfires in poorly ventilated caves. Since then we have gone on to pollute moreof the earth's surface. Until recently, environmental pollution problems havebeen local and minor because of the Earth's own ability to absorb and purify