Its early morning here in Kenya and as usual we are all struggling to get to work or get home after a night shift. Motorist drive in slow motion because the state of our roads are bad and here at Ngong road to be specific the construction seems to take an eternity to reach its completion. But do we have a choice? well for most of us who stay in Ngong road and its environs this is the only route to get us to the city. So the virtue of patience has to come in.
we patiently sit and wait for traffic to open up but this seems to be impossible due to the bad road. Some of us decide to use our phone to distract our selves from checking the time from time to time. Huge smoke appears in the midst of the road and as expected we all struggle to check our car, thankfully our car was okay so the next step was to get a glance of the outside and shockingly on my right side I see an Audi Q7 full of smoke from its exhaust. The smoke is huge that we all have to struggle to shut the windows, but hey if you have ever used our “matatu” you probably know how they look like right?
ALSO WATCH to see more of what was happening to the combustion car.
Here a few of the reasons :
Human health impacts-Carbon dioxide emissions impact human health by displacing oxygen in the atmosphere. Breathing becomes more difficult as carbon dioxide levels rise. In closed areas, high levels of carbon dioxide can lead to health complaints such as headaches. Carbon dioxide levels may indicate high levels of other harmful air pollutants such as volatile organic compounds which contribute to indoor air pollution.
Greenhouse effect-Environmental wise the Co2 is bad because it contributes to air pollution in its role in the greenhouse effect. Carbon dioxide traps radiation at ground level, creating ground-level ozone. This atmospheric layer prevents the earth from cooling at night. One result is a warming of ocean waters. Oceans absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. However, higher water temperatures compromise the oceans’ ability to absorb carbon dioxide.
Climate change-Another environmental effect of carbon dioxide on air pollution is climate change. The earth’s surface temperature has risen over the last 100 years, according to studies done by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Scientists believe carbon dioxide pollution is the primary culprit. The effects are highly complex. Evidence shows, however, that ocean water levels have increased, resulting in a loss of shoreline and coastal wetlands.
Acid rains- Carbon dioxide is a contributor to the environmental effect known as acid rain. Emissions released from fossil fuel-burning energy plants combine with moisture in the air. The result is precipitation with high acid content. Documented evidence shows the physical damage to trees and other plant life. Water and soil pollution occurs from the acidic precipitation. A complicating factor is the mobility of emissions. The effects of carbon dioxide can be seen and felt far from their sources, making their impacts on air pollution more serious.