There’s a reason why car manufacturers have to meet certain emissions standards whenever they put out a new vehicle. Emissions from vehicles have been blamed for environmental pollution and also human health problems as well. Therefore, the more car emissions we can keep out of the environment, the cleaner we can maintain the planet’s air and the healthier we can all be.
But even though it’s clear that car emissions are harmful, many people don’t understand exactly how they’re so detrimental to the health of the environment and humans. For clarification on this important topic, below is a list of some of the damages caused by dirty emissions.
The Environmental Effects of Vehicles that Burn Fossil Fuels
The reason that so many eco-friendly cars have been emerging on the market is because people want to eventually do away with vehicles that are powered by dirty, pollution-causing fossil fuels. When fuels are burned inside a vehicle, they release emissions that have been connected with depletion of the ozone layer and global warming.
Many chemicals and toxins are released as the fuel burns, including soot, carbon monoxide, liquid vapour hydrocarbons, gaseous hydrocarbons, nitrogen and sulphur oxides, nitrate and sulphate particulates, lead, and ash. When these pollutants reach the atmosphere, they create more problems there. They can create a new layer of ozone that isn’t meant to be so close to the ground. Secondary particulates and pollution are also caused once these emissions reach the atmosphere of the planet. This is why you will often hear about ozone warnings on hot days when a lot of people are out driving, as well as warnings about fine particulate matter in the air on any day of the year.
The Health Effects of Vehicles that Burn Fossil Fuels
All of these particulates and toxins are inhaled by humans and animal species across the globe, leading to adverse health effects and diseases. Many individuals end up suffering from respiratory problems as a result of inhaling the various pollutants that are pumped out into the air by every car on the road that runs on fossil fuels.
Emissions have even been linked to a host of diseases, including cancer. Diesel alone contains a few carcinogenic compounds that, when burned, are released right into the air. These include 1,3-butadiene, benzene, and formaldehyde, to name just three. Other harmful chemicals include acetaldehyde and acrolein, as well as volatile organic compounds.
When all of these chemicals are combined, it’s a recipe for disaster and it causes myriad health problems, including cardiovascular disorders. Also, as toxins build up in the body every day, it’s less able to effectively get rid of them. Before you know it, the lymphatic system is clogged and other major health concerns arise.
People Who Are at Greater Risk of Being Harmed
Diabetics, those with existing health conditions such as asthma or cardiovascular issues, children, and the elderly are all more susceptible to the adverse health effects of using vehicles that burn fossil fuels. Until societies around the world switch to using vehicles that burn cleaner forms of energy, this will, unfortunately, continue to be a problem for years to come.