air pollution, contamination of the air by noxious gases and minute particles of solid and liquid matter (particulates) in concentrations that endanger health. The major sources of air pollution are transportation engines, power and heat generation, industrial processes, and the burning of solid waste.
Sections in this article:
- Effects on Health and the Environment
- Sources of Air Pollution
- Solutions to Air Pollution
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