Why is atmosphere relevant?
"Protection of the atmosphere is a broad and multidimensional endeavour involving various sectors of economic activity." [...] "Priority atmospheric issues include stratospheric ozone depletion, acidification, eutrophication, urban air quality, and tropospheric ozone levels. The impacts of these issues relate to human health, biodiversity and the health of ecosystems, and economic damage. Many of the effects are long-term, global in nature, and irreversible with consequences for future generations. The principal human activities contributing to atmospheric change relate to fossil fuel consumption for energy production and transportation. In addition, land use change, including deforestation, industrial processes, intensive agriculture, and waste disposal contribute to atmospheric pollution."
Key questions for this area
If you are studying or teaching in this area, or would like to add content to your unit, the following are some key questions you should be able to answer and/or consider:
- Who owns the air? Who is responsible for looking after the air?
- What are the major pollutants in the atmosphere?
- Is there any way of dealing with transboundary pollution?
- What are the relevant conventions and protocols?
- What detrimentally affects the atmosphere?
- How do international and national communities address pollution of the atmosphere?
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