Air pollutants at a glance

Smog in an urban area - TrierClick to enlarge
Smog in an urban area
Source: Axel Eggert / Umweltbundesamt

The composition of the air is affected by humans. Many components of the air are, above a certain concentration, a threat to humans and animals and affect plants, water bodies, soils and even buildings and materials.

Air pollutants do not only pollute the air in the country of origin. Several air pollutants are transported in the atmosphere over hundreds of kilometers, some even around the globe.
You can find more information on sources and harmful effects of selected air pollutants in separated articles.
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