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Fresh Air and Air Pollution Facts Hunt

Directions: Bookmark this web page. Click the linked site to find the answer. You'll need to do some digging on the sites. Use the Bookmark to return to this page. Delete the bookmark when you have finished the activity. If a link is broken, use your Net searching skills to find the necessary information. MYO Digital Answer sheet

1. What gases make up the atmosphere of the earth?


2. Harness the EPA AIRNow site and Indoor Air quality to find the answers to these questions:

a. Name the federal agency responsible for monitoring air quality.


b. What impact does air quality have on human health?


c. What is the air quality forecast for your community today?


d. List the four ingredients that lead to ground level Ozone. Write the chemical symbol for ozone.



e. List 4 actions you can take to limit air pollution.



3. Not my problem. Describe what happened to the polluted air originating in lower Michigan in late summer 2002
or the facts behind "Arvin has averaged 73 bad smog days each year since 2004".



4. Write three facts about Carbon Monoxide. CO (Use your Internet search skills to find the answer.)



How can you protect your family from Carbon Monoxide poisoning?



5. When you buy/sell a home you will have to have it tested for radon.
Research - What danger does radon gas pose?




6. All air pollution cannot be controlled or stopped. Explain



7. Acid precipitation is a serious consequence of air pollution.

What is the normal pH of rain?

What is the pH of rain in your area?

How does acid precipitation damage our environment?



8. How has the government sought to limit emissions that cause acid rain?



How does cap and trade FIGHT air pollution?



9. One source of indoor air pollution is pesticides. Chemicals to kill bugs can also harm people.
A sound Integrated Pest Management program limits the use of pesticides.

What is the 2nd Commandment of IPM for Classrooms?


Who must follow it?


10. Describe the Clean Air Mercury Rule of 2005. (Use your online research skills to find the answer)


View Mercury Deposition From All Sources in 2001. You are considering moving to Pennsylvania.
Compare Pennsylvania's mercury deposition to your home state's mercury deposition.
Which one has more mercury pollution?


Which state is the better choice based on mercury pollution data? Explain your choice.


11. Watch Capturing Carbon - Nova Science Now online video Jul. 2008
An eighth-grader's science fair project prompts her scientist father to develop a new way to pull
excess carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.

True or false. People who make discoveries or invent things just find the answer in their heads.
No actual work/design/development effort is involved.


12. In February 1881, Mary Walton received a patent for her invention.
How did her invention improve people's lives?


13. Which polluting aerosols can you control?



Based on what you have learned doing this activity, what actions should individuals take to deal with air pollution?


Do some research and report on what has been done in your school, community or state to reduce air pollution.


Extra credit:

* Saving on Lighting Energy Activity Compare - Contrast bulbs

* Challenge: List the actions that have been taken at your school to control pollution.

* Career Considerations - What do we call a person who studies the atmosphere?
(Use your online research skills to find the answer)


* The US Department of Labor predicts the need for people in different fields of work in its Occupational Outlook Handbook.
What do they predict to be the need for people in the pollution/environment related jobs?

Select an environment related field/job - What kind of training or education is needed for the job?


"Every American expects and deserves clean air, and then we act on that belief,
then we will set an example for the rest of the world to follow." President George H. W. Bush

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2004 Cynthia J. O'Hora Educators may print this activity for use in a classroom setting. FAQ Posted 9/2004 utd 1/2024

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Aligned to Pennsylvania Academic Standards and Common Core Standards:

Environment and Ecology 4.3. Environmental Health A. Describe environmental health issues. B. Describe how human actions affect the health of the environment. B. Analyze the local, regional and national impacts of environmental health. C. Analyze the need for a healthy environment. 4.8. Humans and the Environment - C. Explain how human activities may affect local, regional and national environments.
4.9. Environmental Laws and Regulations A. Explain why environmental laws and regulations are developed and enacted.

Science and Technology
3.7. Technological devices - C. Apply basic computer operations and concepts. D. Apply computer software to solve specific problems.
3.7. Technological devices - E. Apply basic computer communications systems.
3.8. Science, Technology and Human Endeavors B. Explain how human ingenuity and technological resources satisfy specific human needs and improve the quality of life.

PA Reading Writing, Listening and Speaking and CCS English Language Arts Standards ยป Reading: Informational Text
Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.