Atmospheric Changes and Energy Loss Due to Industrial and Residential Combustion of Hydrocarbon Fuels
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As many as thirty-seven (37) known metallic and gaseous particulates and matter make up air pollution.
But the detection of the components of air pollution varies according to the geographic region studied the and the thoroughness of the testing. Areas of high population and industry lend themselves to excellent findings with relative ease, but areas that are remote from pollution sources are more difficult to investigate and make source detection more complicated to conduct accurately.
For the purpose of this study the areas of the northeast United States and southern Canada are the areas whose reports will be used and the data used will relate to pollution which is attributed to emissions from coal industries. Coal is the United States most abundant natural fuel source and data concerning gaseous emissions and heat energy production is most readily available. Although coal is the primary energy source of this discussion, additional data on oil and nuclear fuel is included so that a comparative analysis and greater discussion can be pursued.