Acid Rain Some of the inventions that make our lives easier are also causing pollution. Pollution is the release of harmful substances into the environment. One form of pollution is acid rain. Acid rain can damage plants, animals, soil, water, building materials, and people. Scientists have discovered that burning fossil fuels creates acid rain through air pollution.
Air Pollutants From the list of American Academy of Pediatrics, Committee on Environmental Health's priority issues - links and information about air pollution.
Air Pollution Fact Sheet Air pollution is the contamination of air by the discharge of harmful substances. Air pollution can cause health problems including burning eyes and nose, itchy irritated throat, and breathing problems. Some chemicals found in polluted air can cause cancer, birth defects, brain and nerve damage, and long-term injury to the lungs and breathing passages in certain circumstances.
AirWise AirWise is an innovative new environmental education program. It offers middle school students an interactive and fun way to learn more about their environment.
Ambient Air Pollution: Respiratory Hazards to Children AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS-Committee on Environmental Health... Levels of many outdoor air pollutants decreased substantially after the passage of the Clean Air Act of 1970; however, levels of ozone, carbon monoxide, and particulate matter are still high enough to present hazards to children.
BAAQMD - Indoor Air Quality Did you know that United States Environmental Protection Agency studies have shown that indoor air pollution may pose even greater health risks than outdoor air pollution?
Bacteria and Other Microorganisms - Virginia Cooperative A common hazard of household water is contamination by potentially harmful bacteria and other micro-organisms. Short term gastrointestinal disorders and illnesses such as gastro-enteritis, giardiasis, typhoid, dysentery, cholera, and hepatitis have been linked to water contaminated by microorganisms. The micro-organisms which find their way into a water supply can come from a variety of sources including sewage, animal wastes, or dead and decaying animals.
Clean Water Action Clean Water Action organizes strong grassroots groups, coalitions and campaigns to protect our environment, health, economic well-being and community quality of life.
Clean Water Clear Choice Urban storm water runoff is a serious concern because storm water runoff may be contaminated with pesticides, fertilizers, animal droppings, trash, food wastes, automotive by-products and other toxic substances that are part of the urban environment.
Coalition for Clean Air The Coalition for Clean Air's mission is: to advocate policies and strategies that remedy air quality problems; to provide effective education and outreach programs to the community about the causes and health effects of air pollution and ways to help clean our air; and to advocate for responsible public health policy and to serve as a source of technical and educational expertise.
Control Air Pollution in Your Community What can your PTA do? PTA members can work with public health organizations to reduce air pollution in the community. They can also sponsor programs and workshops to educate people about IAQ.
Get Water Pollution Under Control Consider organizing a storm drain stenciling project. Storm drain stenciling is an educational and interactive activity everyone can participate in to raise school and community awareness of water pollution from polluted runoff.
Give Water A Hand Give Water A Hand is national watershed education program designed to involve young people in local environmental service projects. Following steps in the Give Water A Hand Action Guide (download it for FREE!), your youth group or class plans and completes a community service project to protect and improve water resources.
Groundwater - Kid's Corner Even with all of the contamination threats to groundwater, it CAN be protected by kids like you who educate the people in their homes and communities about the water they drink. You can actually start protecting groundwater right at home! Investigate your home or farm for products (paints, cleaners, etc.) that would contaminate the groundwater if they were poured down the drain or dumped on the ground outside.
Let Kids Lead Kid-oriented information about preventing air pollution.
Ozone Action - Kids Everything we do to reduce pollution on Ozone Action! days makes a big difference in the quality of the air we breathe. And everything you do to learn about Ozone Action! or tell other people about it helps, too.
Scorecard Just enter your zip code and find out what pollutants are being released into your community and who is responsible.
Student Bay Savers Student BaySavers participate in projects ranging from oyster gardening to tree planting to stream monitoring and are encouraged to attend leadership seminars and education al workshops that motivate them to become active Bay stewards. Student BaySavers receive Megalops, a newsletter that highlights restoration opportunities, environmental career information , and articles written by other students.
Test Your Home for Radon Radon is a naturally occurring, radioactive gas that can form in soil. The second leading cause of lung cancer is radon.
The Rivermouth Action Group Inc This web site contains information on 40+ environmental / community groups based in Brisbane Queensland Australia. The issues are wide and varied and are in some cases documented with photographs of pollution. COntact points to many other groups on site.
Water Safety Coalition The Virginia Water Safety Coalition is dedicated to helping children, adolescents and their parents be safe when they are in, on or around the water.
Water Science for Schools The U.S. Geological Survey invites you to visit our new Web site about water science. We hope you will consider using it as a teaching resource. "Water Science for Schools" is intened for use by students ages 9-90 and offers information on the many aspects of water, along with pictures, data, maps, and an interactive center where you can give opinions and test your water knowledge.
Wild Salmon Cycle Promote wild salmon conservation and stewardship throughout the Pacific salmon's historic range. Provides information about a cycle trek to raise awareness of healthy, threatened, and extinct wild salmon runs.