The Harms of Air Pollution in Florida

The harm air pollution causes in Florida is essentially no different than the harm it causes in all other corners of the world. Many vehicles driven in the world today emit toxic carbon into the atmosphere, contributing to worldwide environmental and ecological damage. In addition, air pollution is the chief cause of global warming, which causes adverse weather patterns, contributing to the melting of polar ice caps, the destruction of habitats, and health defects worldwide.

One way that air pollution rears its ugly head is in the form of acid rain which, if concentrated enough, can wreak havoc on natural ecosystems. It also warms the globe to the point that polar ice caps, both northern and southern, melt and raise the global water level, threatening coastal cities. Many leading experts have forecasted that low-lying cities may be fully submerged by the year 2080.

Air pollution not only harms flora and fauna but also the way of life many of us have established. Pollution is hazardous to human health, as considerable ingestion of it significantly increases the risk of stroke and can damage the nervous system. Ingestion of air pollution also increases the risk of contracting cystic fibrosis, which causes inhibited breathing and can lead to death if left untreated.

Air pollution is also known to cause chronic bronchitis and emphysema, especially in smog-riddled areas like Los Angeles, Atlanta, New York, and Beijing. Studies have also shown that prolonged exposure to polluted air increases the risk of contracting lung cancer by 6%. It is tremendously important that every one of us do what they can to curb dangerous emissions.

Tips on Emissions Testing

  • Keep your vehicle properly and regularly maintained.
  • Before your emissions test, make sure your car is properly warmed up. Believe it or not, a colder vehicle emits higher levels of pollution than vehicles operating at temperature.
  • Make sure your vehicle has no malfunctioning components, as this is the most typical reason for excessive carbon emissions. If you keep your car well-maintained, you will not have to make costly repairs to comply with emissions standards.
  • Make sure your transmission is running efficiently, as a malfunction in transmission can increase your emissions above federal certification limits.
  • Make sure your car is not the subject of any national or global recall, as this will exempt you from the emissions check fee.

As stated earlier, even though the state of Florida does not require a vehicle to have an emissions test upon registration, you can still get your car tested if you feel in some way that it might not be safe. For more information, please visit http://www.flhsmv.gov/index.html, or the Florida Highway Patrol at, http://www.flhsmv.gov/fhp/.