Pollution from Vehices and Causes of Gas Prices- Nick Rolli

When purchasing a vehicle, many people never think about the outrageous impact it has on the 5d81d81b5f08c6bd31fa8075d6f0fe22aeb3d3a4_largeenvironment. To say that people should not drive vehicles is more than unrealistic. However, many people are aware but not overly concerned that every time one is driving their vehicle to any location, they are causing harm to the environment.

Vehicles produce nearly one-third of air pollution in the U.S. (National Geographic, 1). Pollution frvehicles-air-pollutionom vehicles is one of the most influential causes of global warming (Green, 1). Vehicles emit carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, which factor to one-fifth of the United States’ population for global warming (Green, 1). “Warmer global temperatures affect farming, wildlife, sea levels and natural landscapes” (Green, 1).However, without greenhouse gases, Earth would be covered in ice (Green, 1). Burning an excessive amount of fossil fuels, like gasoline and diesel, have cause an increase of 1 degree Fahrenheit since pre-industrial times (Green, 1). At the rate that vehicles are being used, this statistic will only increase in the future.

Vehicles have a major health concern to humans. Air pollutants from vehicles include nitrogen diesel-exhaust_galleryoxides, particles, carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons, which all have a damaging impact on the lives of humans, animals, and vegetation (Car Pollution, 6). Diesel engines emit high levels of particulate matter, which causes skin and eye irritation and allergies (Green, 1). These particles lodge deep into the lungs of humans and animals, causing respiratory problems (Green, 1).

Oil dependence is affected by the use of vehicles. Fromgasprice0626 an economic standpoint, the supply of gas outweighs the demand. When the supply for gas is greater than the demand of gas, then the price goes down. When the supply for gas is less than the demand of gas, then the price increases.

An indirect impact to the environment from the use of vehicles relates to suburban growth (Salerno, 10/19/15). Vehicles allow more people to migrate out of the city and to live in the suburbs. With that being said, more energy is being used. Commuting into the city causes people to use vehicles more often than before. Also, people living in the suburbs using air conditioning units and taking care of their property (lawn, cars, materials, etc.), all require the use of energy (Salerno, 10/19/15). Although some of these factors of energy use are not directly coming from vehicles, the increasing amount of people using vehicles caused more chances for humans to use more energy.

Another environmental impact that vehicles have are material costs. Model changes in vehicles from every year require a lot more material to make these updated models. (Salerno, 10/19/15). Just imagine all the rubber being used for the tires of cars. A surplus amount of new cars each year require a lot of vulcanized, synthetic rubber for the tires, as well as a variety of other material that is necessary to build a vehicle (Salerno, 10/19/15). The increasing amount of people that are using vehicles means that more interstate highway systems need to be developed. Interstate highway systems are developed through destructing habitat and changing the perception of nature (Salerno, 10/19/15).

Pollution from vehicles is an issue humans should be concerned about. It occurs in just about every aspect of the human life, from affecting your own personal health, to causing the climate public%20transitto change, pollution that comes from cars is taking a toll on our environment. Because vehicles are such an immense part of everyday human life, this problem will likely never extinct. However, there are alternative ways of transportation to limit the use of a vehicle. Simply walking or biking to a nearby location instead of using a vehicle to reach your destination makes a difference. Also, car pooling and using public transportation are another way of eliminating the amount of vehicles on the road. Another alternative is the newly founded electric vehicles which are more beneficial in terms of pollution and oil dependence. These vehicles have battery pack stored with energy in order to operate the vehicle, rather than needing gasoline.

Car Buying Guidehttp://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/green-guide/buying-guides/car/environmental-impact/

Effects of Car Pollutants on the Environment- http://classroom.synonym.com/effects-car-pollutants-environment-23581.html

Car Pollution- http://www.environmental-protection.org.uk/committees/air-quality/air-pollution-and-transport/car-pollution/

Second Hand (Exhaust) Smoke: Negative Effects of Car Emissions – http://www.greeneffect.me/second-hand-exhaust-smoking-negative-effects-of-car-emissionss/

Putting a Stop to Car Idling: Emissions Worsen Global Warming Conditions – http://www.brighthub.com/environment/science-environmental/articles/64074.aspx

Vehicles, Air Pollution, and Human Health – http://www.ucsusa.org/clean-vehicles/vehicles-air-pollution-and-human-health#.VjPHABGFPIU

Quit Griping About Gas Prices — It’s All in Your Head!-http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2012/06/26/quit-griping-about-gas-prices—-its-all-in-your-.aspx

How The Internet of Things Improves Public Transportation For Passengers- http://www.davranetworks.com/news/how-the-internet-of-things-improves-public-transportation-for-passengers

Beth Salerno, Hi109: Environmental History class, Saint Anselm College, October 19, 2015

 

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5 thoughts on “Pollution from Vehices and Causes of Gas Prices- Nick Rolli

  1. Jonathan Palmer

    Overall I thought this was a very nice blog. You presented the information in a way that was easy to read and you used your sources well. I thought the graphs added to your blog nicely. It was interesting to see the change in gas prices and emissions in the past. I also liked how you provided some alternative forms of transportation in your last paragraph.

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  2. mlongbi101anselm

    Bold but realistic view that humans will not stop using cars for transportation. I was surprised that the overall climate has only increased 1 degree. When you mentioned the amount of tires used, a recent article came to my mind. Recently, used tires carrying carcinogens have been ground up and used in turf field production and there have been cases of severe illness in children who were exposed to carcinogens on the fields. I thought this was a devastating indirect consequence of transportation.

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  3. aciaramitaro

    Very Informative article Nick. Like you stated in the blog the use of cars is ultimately unavoidable, much like the blog I wrote which was about the use of coal. To many, 1 degree may not sound like much, but it definitely will effect many natural factors around the world like flooding, animal behavior and water temperature. In the future it will be fascinating to see how technology will change within vehicles and if any regulations will ever be put into place.

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  4. Christian Smith Post author

    Very nice article, I agree with A. ciaramitaro about how the 1 degree sounds like nothing but it can create such a major impact , as we learned in class when Prof. Salerno told us just the change of 4 degrees lead to an ice age. I also was very interested in the fact that although the causes of death are directly related to the pollution from travel, we continue to create more and more pollution!

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  5. Matt Sargent

    It’s unbelievable to think automobiles create over a third of U.S air pollution. It really makes me consider whether switching to public transportation is the smartest move. Great blog overall, very insightful and an interesting and relevant topic!

    Reply

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