HOW LOW LEVEL OZONE IS CREATED
Low level ozone pollution is often not given much consideration next to the depletion of the ozone layer.
However, it can damage health of humans, animals, trees and plants. In high quantities it also contributes to acid rain and the green house effect, as well as being partly responsible for photo chemical smog.
Car exhausts release nitrogen oxides into the atmosphere. Volatile Organic Compounds are released through chemical plants and products including solvents, paints and hairspray. These two chemicals react with each other and sunlight to create ozone.
In humans, ozone can cause lung tissue damage, and create high incidences of asthma and allergenic reactions.
Plants exposed to high ozone concentrations lose their chlorophyll and their food manufacturing abilities.
The Air Implementation Pilot is a pilot project undertaken jointly by the EEA and the European Commission. It focuses on gaining a better understanding of what cities need in order to better implement EU air quality legislation.
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