Effect on Health of Air Pollutants

Is air making us sick? How exactly does air pollution contribute to illness across the world? Part five in a series of seven about the atmosphere addresses these questions and many others. This is a perfect resource to show during your study of air pollution, respiratory health, or fossil fuels.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Prior to viewing the resource, project images of air pollution in large cities for visual reference
  • Have lab groups research the components of smog discussed in the video and the health effects of each and present their findings to the class
Classroom Considerations

  • Learners may be unfamiliar with the substances shown during the portion of the video that discusses particulate matter; provide pictures and/ or samples if possible

  • Embedded pauses allow for the instructor to check for understanding during the video
  • The resource is versatile, lending straightforward facts to lessons on air pollution, how pollution affects people of all ages, and respiratory disease studies

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