As reiterated by GreenPeace, the biggest contributor to climate change across the world, and here in the UK, is the use of fossil fuels; such as oil, gas and coal. When these fuels are burned for energy, they release carbon dioxide into the air around us. This carbon dioxide then traps heat from the sun inside the earth’s atmosphere, and in turn causes the earth to get warmer. A process we have all come to know as global warming.
Most of us have come to associate big occasions and celebrations, like New Year’s Eve, with a spectacular fireworks display. But, how many of us know how harmful these fireworks can be for the environment around us?
The EPA suggests New Years Eve celebrations produce the same amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) as 2,700 acres of wildfire
NEW YEARS EVE FIREWORKS
2,700 ACRES OF WILDFIRE
When a firework is released into the air, the explosion not only releases carbon dioxide, but also very small particulate matter and heavy metals into the atmosphere. These small particles can make the air more difficult to breathe for those in a highly concentrated area, like that of the air after a fireworks display.
Varying levels of small particle pollution in the Atmosphere
World Health Organisation's suggested limit in 24 hours
25 CUBIC METERS
On average, Beijing air in micrograms per cubic meter.
63.19 CUBIC METERS
In the hour after a large scale fireworks display, such as those on Independence day or New Years Eve
500+ CUBIC METERS
As these particulates dissipate, they are absorbed into soil and water and can cause toxicity in the local environment. A toxic water source can be fatal for local wildlife who rely on these natural sources to survive.
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