2nd October 2019

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How does carbon monoxide pollute the air?

THE PROBLEM. Carbon monoxide (CO)—a colorless, odorless, tasteless, and toxic air pollutant—is produced in the incomplete combustion of carbon-containing fuels, such as gasoline, natural gas, oil, coal, and wood. The largest anthropogenic source of CO in the United States is vehicle emissions.

Also asked, how is carbon monoxide harmful to the atmosphere?

Fortunately, carbon monoxide is present in much smaller concentrations in the atmosphere. There is no question that carbon monoxide is a pollutant with potential to harm all living things. Its presence affects concentrations of other greenhouse gases including methane, tropospheric ozone and carbon dioxide.

What are the harmful effects of carbon monoxide?

Symptoms and Health Effects. Breathing CO can cause headache, dizziness, vomiting, and nausea. If CO levels are high enough, you may become unconscious or die. Exposure to moderate and high levels of CO over long periods of time has also been linked with increased risk of heart disease.
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