Chapter 8: Air Pollution & Climate Change

Traffic congestion is a daily reality of India’s urban centers. Slow speeds and idling vehicles produce, per trip, 4 to 8 times more pollutants and consume more carbon footprint fuels, than free flowing traffic. This 2008 image shows traffic congestion in Delhi.

Learning Outcomes

After studying this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Identify sources of air pollution
  • List common air pollutants
  • Explain how the greenhouse effect causes the atmosphere to retain heat
  • Explain how we know that humans are responsible for recent climate change
  • List some effects of climate change
  • Identify some climate change policies and adaptation measures

Chapter Outline

  • 8.1 Atmospheric Pollution
  • 8.2 Ozone Depletion
  • 8.3 Acid Rain
  • 8.4 Climate Change
  • 8.5 Case Study: Two Climate Action Plans
  • 8.6 Chapter Resources


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