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    GREENHOUSE GASES


    CO2 - Carbon Dioxide

    Carbon Dioxide (CO2) is released when fossil fuels (coal, oil and gas) are burned. The increase in CO2 in the atmosphere is causing global warming.


    CH4 - Methane

    Methane (CH4) is emitted during the production and transport of coal, natural gas, and oil. Methane emissions also result from the decomposition of organic wastes in municipal solid waste landfills, and the raising of livestock.


    N20 - Nitrous Oxide

    Nitrous Oxide (N20) is primarily emitted to the atmosphere from biological activity in soil and water, both natural and anthropogenic. Nitrous Oxide absorbs 270 times more heat per molecule than carbon dioxide.


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    SMOG CAUSING GASES


    NOx - Nitrogen Oxides

    Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) form when fossil fuels and biomass are burned at high temperatures. They contribute to ground-level ozone (or smog), and to the formation of acid rain.


    SO2 - Sulfur Dioxide

    Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) is formed when fuels containing sulfur, primarily coal and oil, are burned. SO2 combines with water and oxygen in the atmosphere to form acid rain.


    03 - Ozone

    Ground-level ozone (the primary constituent of smog) is the most complex, difficult to control, and pervasive of the six principal air pollutants. Unlike other pollutants, ozone is not emitted directly into the air by specific sources. Ozone is created by sunlight acting on NOx and VOC in the air.(Source:EPA)

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  • PUBLIC SMOG WON'T SAVE THE GREENLAND PUMP

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  • "Its also interesting to note that one gallon of gas burned, makes about 12 pounds of CO2 so you could 'buy' a ton by preventing about 180 gallons of gas from being burned - eg substituting out bicycling for 3500 miles of cars being driven (avg 20mpg), or not flying one person coast to coast (about the amount of fuel burned per person per cross atlantic flight)"

    - Dr. David Pepper
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  • THANKS TO PUBLIC SMOG CONTRIBUTORS >>

    Saul Albert

    Dr. Thomas Cahill

    Fabienne Delpy

    Simon Großpietsch

    David Hardingham

    Hari Kunzru

    Dr. Gerd Mörsch

    Josh On

    David Oppenheimer

    Fiona Parry

    Dr. David Pepper

    Kate Rich

    Dr. Birgitta Ringbeck

    Mark Van Soestbergen

    Greg Taylor

    Dr. Alexandra Thompson

    Prof. Dr. Harmut Vogtmann

    Prof. Dr. Gerd Weiss

    Et al.



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  • PUBLIC SMOG IS KYOTO GOLD STANDARD

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    WHY PUBLIC SMOG?

    The benefits of a clean air park are obvious. Less exposure to particulates and toxins in the air we breathe provides immediate and long term health benefits. Reducing CO2 emissions will help mitigate the unknown impacts of climatic change.

    However, a park, as a protected preserve, suggests there are other zones where compromised air quality is accepted. Only a total clean air park, held equitably by a global public, would provide an environmentally just framework for “unavoidable” pollution.

    Only by buying and withholding all greenhouse gas ‘commodities’ from the market to create a total global clean air park (and only if all greenhouse and smog-forming gases were deemed commoditites) would be truly effective way for Public Smog to slow the rate of anthropogenically forced climate change. Anything less would fail.

    PUBLIC SMOG also suggests that as common-pool resources like the atmosphere are indivisible, a sanctuary is impossible. Pollution refuses to obey boundaries - physical, financial, or political.