Chapter 10: Air Pollution, Climate Change, and Ozone Depletion

Traffic congestion is a daily reality in India’s urban centers. Slow speeds and idling vehicles produce, per trip, 4 to 8 times more pollutants and consume more carbon footprint fuels than free-flowing traffic. This 2008 image shows traffic congestion in Delhi.

Learning Outcomes

After studying this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Identify sources of air pollution
  • List common air pollutants
  • Explain how the greenhouse effect causes the atmosphere to retain heat
  • Explain how we know that humans are responsible for recent climate change
  • List some effects of climate change
  • Identify some climate change policies and adaptation measures

Chapter Outline

  • 10.1 Atmospheric Pollution
  • 10.2 Ozone Depletion
  • 10.3 Acid Rain
  • 10.4 Climate Change
  • 10.5 Chapter Resources


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