Impact of cars

General Information


Every time a person sits behind the steering wheel of a car and turns the key, air pollution is produced. An average size car traveling an average 15,000 miles each year spews a total of 193 pounds of pollution into the air. This pollution consists of

  • Nitrogen Oxides - which damages lung tissue
  • Carbon Monoxide - which limits the blood's ability to transport oxygen causing dizziness, impaired condition, and death.
  • Hydrocarbons - that cause smog, irritation of the respiratory tract and eyes, and decreased lung function.

This pollution also settles into our land and water. Gardening soils have been tested and found to contain lead which can be absorbed by plants. Lakes and rivers are impacted by acid rain, causing a loss of biological diversity in these ecosystems.

Find out what the current air quality conditionsOpens in new window are (Service runs April 1st through October 31st).

Other sites on air quality.