Journal of Science and Geosciences

Commentary - (2022) Volume 10, Issue 1

Effects of air pollution on vegetation and human health
Yashua Tian*
Department of Environmental Health and Safety, Huazhong University, Wuhan, China
*Correspondence: Yashua Tian, Department of Environmental Health and Safety, Huazhong University, Wuhan, China,

Received: 25-Feb-2022, Manuscript No. JSG-22-61232; Editor assigned: 28-Feb-2022, Pre QC No. JSG-22-61232(PQ); Reviewed: 16-Mar-2022, QC No. JSG-22-61232; Revised: 21-Mar-2022, Manuscript No. JSG-22-61232(R); Published: 01-Jan-2022, DOI: 10.51268/2736-187X.22.10.69


Air pollution is the contamination of air due to the presence of substances in the atmosphere that are harmful to the health of humans and other living beings, or cause damage to the climate or to materials. There are many different types of air pollutants, such as gases (including ammonia, carbon monoxide, Sulphur dioxide, nitrous oxides, methane, carbon dioxide and chlorofluorocarbons), particulates (both organic and inorganic), and biological molecules. Air pollution can cause diseases, allergies, and even death to humans; it can also cause harm to other living organisms such as animals and food crops, and may damage the natural environment (for example, climate change, ozone depletion or habitat degradation) or built environment (for example, acid rain). Both human activity and natural processes can generate air pollution.

Impact on Human Health

High air pollutants exposure effects

• Aggravated cardiovascular and breathing illness.

• Added pressure to coronary valves of heart and lungs, which ought to paintings tougher to deliver the frame with oxygen.

• Damaged cells within the breathing system.

Long-term exposure to polluted air health effects

• Accelerated ageing of the lungs.

• Loss of lung capability and reduced lung function.

• Development of illnesses including bronchial allergies, bronchitis, emphysema, and probable most cancers.

• Shortened lifestyles span.

Severe health problems of air pollution

• Individuals with coronary heart disorder, coronary artery disorder or congestive coronary heart failure.

• Individuals with lung illnesses including bronchial allergies, emphysema or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD).

• Pregnant women.

• Outdoor workers.

• Older adults and the elderly.

• Children beneath the age 14.

• Athletes who work out vigorously outdoors.

Health Effects from Specific Pollutants

Ground-degree Ozone

Ground-degree ozone is shaped while risky natural compounds and Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx) react with the sun`s ultraviolet rays. The number one supply of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and NOx is cell sources, consisting of cars, trucks, buses, creation system and agricultural system.

Particulate Matter (PM) and wildfire smoke

Particulate Matter is a complicated combination which can incorporate soot, smoke, metals, nitrates, sulphates, dust, and water and tire rubber. It may be immediately emitted, as in smoke from a fire, or it may shape within the ecosystem from reactions of gases including nitrogen oxides.

Long-term exposure to Particulate Matter (PM)

• Increased breathing symptoms, including inflammation of the airways, coughing or trouble respiration.

• Decreased lung function.

• Aggravated bronchial allergies.

• Development of continual breathing disorder in children.

• Development of continual bronchitis or continual obstructive lung disorder.

• Irregular heartbeat.

• Nonfatal coronary heart assaults.

• Premature demise in human beings with coronary heart or lung disorder, consisting of demise from lung most cancers.

Short-term exposure to Particulate Matter (PM)

• Aggravate lung disorder inflicting bronchial allergies assaults and acute bronchitis.

• Increase susceptibility to breathing infections.

• Cause coronary heart assaults and arrhythmias in human beings with coronary heart disorder.

Impacts on Vegetation

Damage to Leaf Structure

Damage to Leaf structure by air pollutants can be explained by contaminants, for example, ground-level ozone truly harms leaves by causing chlorosis or an unusual yellowing of the leaves, coming about because of an inadequacy of chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is crucial for photosynthesis. This molecule energizes the food-production process by catching vitality from the sun. Damage to Leaf structure by air pollutants cause damage to chlorophyll, and without chlorophyll, a plant can't produce food or energy. In zones with broad groupings of ozone, portions of the Leaf will bite the dust because of presentation. Other than damage to leaf structure by air pollutants, the additional air pollutant causes are delayed flowering, root damage and stomata damage.

Premature leaf drop

Air pollutants have a negative impact on plant growth, primarily through interfering with resource accumulation. Once leaves are in close contact with the atmosphere, many air pollutants, such as O3 and NOx, affect the metabolic function of the leaves and interfere with net carbon fixation by the plant canopy.

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