A-Z Popular Blog Pollution Search »

33 Examples of Air Pollution

Air pollution are substances in the atmosphere that are harmful to people and planet. This includes gases such as carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, nitrous oxides and methane, particulate matter and toxic substances such as cadmium, mercury, chromium and lead. Both human activity and natural processes can generate air pollution. The following are common examples.
Agricultural Burning
Agricultural Soil Emissions
Aircraft Emissions
Construction Dust
Controlled Burning (e.g. forest management)
Cooking - Fuel Burning
Dust (e.g. dust storms related to desertification)
Fires / Wildfires
Fumes from Construction (e.g. paint fumes)
Fumes from Consumer Products (e.g. aerosol sprays)
Fumes from Industrial Processes & Facilities
Heating - Fuel Burning
Herbicides & Fungicides
Industrial Smoke Stacks
Marine Vessel Emissions
Methane from Animals
Methane from Waste (e.g. landfills)
Mining Emissions
Motor Vehicle Exhaust
Oil & Gas - leaks, flaring and venting
Pesticide Drift & Volatilization
Power Station Emissions
Radioactive Decay (e.g. radon gas from the Earth's crust)
Retail Emissions (e.g. dry cleaning)
Space Industry Emissions (e.g. rocket emissions)
Tobacco Smoke
Traditional Burning Practices
Trains (e.g. diesel locomotives)
Uncontrolled Burning of Garbage and Other Waste
Volatile Organic Compounds from Vegetation
Volcanic Activity
War & Military Activity
Waste Incineration


Combustion is a primary source of air pollution.
Technology such as catalytic converters can greatly reduce air pollution. For example, it is common for small motorcycles and scooters to produce far more air pollution than large vehicles such as SUVs because they are often exempt from having emissions control devices. †,‡
Some air pollutants, particularly, carbon dioxide, play a role in ecosystems but can be produced in excess so as to be harmful.


This is the complete list of articles we have written about pollution.
Air Pollution
Light Pollution
Noise Pollution
Space Junk
Waste Is Food
World Problems
If you enjoyed this page, please consider bookmarking Simplicable.


† Motorcycles Pollute More Than SUVs, Chuk Squatriglia, Wired, June 18th, 2008.
‡ Motorcycles Emit 'Disproportionately High' Amounts Of Air Pollutants, American Chemical Society, January 1, 2006.

Environmental Issues

A few examples of environmental issues.

Environmental Problems

A list of common environmental problems.

Social Responsibility

An overview of social responsibility with examples.


The common types and sources of pollution.

Contemporary Issues

A list of contemporary issues.

Land Use

An overview of land use with examples.

Social Problems

An a-z list of social problems.

Social Goods

The definition of social good with examples.

Professional Ethics

The definition of professional ethics with examples.

World Problems

An overview of world problems with a list of examples.

Social Justice

An overview of social justice with examples.

Enduring Issues

A list of enduring issues.

Environmental Impact

An overview of environmental impact with examples.

Environmental Issues Examples

A list of environmental issues.
The most popular articles on Simplicable in the past day.

New Articles

Recent posts or updates on Simplicable.
Site Map