Our environment is being polluted on many levels. Until recently, environmental pollution problems have been local and minor because of the Earth's own ability to absorb and purify minor quantities of pollutants.

There is no turning back at this point..

This pollution on industrial and volcanic levels is causing the depletion of the ozone layer.

All of these lead to unpredictable weather patterns around the planet.

Weather patterns as we once knew them no longer exist. Daily Updates of unusual weather patterns in Crystalinks E-Zine.


  • Air - carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, sulfur oxides, hydrocarbons, and particulate matter (both solid and liquid).

  • Water - air pollutants dissolved back as rain

  • Food - Genetically Modified Crops. Affect your immune system, muscles, and brain

  • Indoors - The EPA has found that the air in some office buildings is 100 times more polluted than the air outside. Poor ventilation causes about half of the indoor air pollution problems. The rest come from specific sources such as copying machines, electrical and telephone cables, mold and microbe-harboring air conditioning systems and ducts, cleaning fluids, cigarette smoke, carpet, latex caulk and paint, vinyl molding, linoleum tile, and building materials and furniture that emit air pollutants such as formaldehyde. A major indoor pollutant is radon-222, a colorless, odorless, tasteless, naturally occurring radioactive gas produced by the radioactive decay of uranium-238. "According to studies by the EPA and the National Research Council, exposure to radon is second only to smoking as a cause of lung cancer.

  • Outdoors - The industrialization of society, the introduction of motorized vehicles, and the explosion of the population, are factors contributing toward the growing air pollution problem. The two main sources of pollutants in urban areas are transportation (predominantly automobiles) and fuel combustion in stationary sources, including residential, commercial, and industrial heating and cooling and thermoelectric power plants. Motor vehicles produce high levels of carbon monoxides (CO) and a major source of hydrocarbons (HC) and nitrogen oxides (NOx). Whereas, fuel combustion in stationary sources is the dominant source of sulfur dioxide (SO2).

    CO2 is a good transmitter of sunlight, but partially restricts infrared radiation going back from the earth into space. This produces the so-called greenhouse effect that prevents a drastic cooling of the Earth during the night. Increasing the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere reinforces this effect and is expected to result in a warming of the Earth's surface. Currently carbon dioxide is responsible for 57% of the global warming trend. Nitrogen oxides contribute most of the atmospheric contaminants.

    Pollutants include

  • Nitric oxide - nitrogen dioxide - from vehicles, refineries, road construction and maintenance, and fuel stations.
  • Peroxyacl nitrates (PANs)
  • Sulfur dioxide which is produced by combustion of sulfur-containing fuels, such as coal and fuel oils
  • Chlorofluorocarbons - CFCs in aerosol cans - Freons - CFCs - greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming. They stay in the atmosphere from 22 to 111 years. Chlorofluorocarbons move up to the stratosphere gradually over several decades. Under high energy ultra violet (UV) radiation, they break down and release chlorine atoms, which speed up the breakdown of ozone into oxygen gas.
  • Smog - Photochemical air pollution - With the introduction of petroleum to replace coal economies in countries, photochemical smog has become predominant in many cities, which are located in sunny, warm, and dry climates with many motor vehicles. The worst episodes of photochemical smog tend to occur in summer.