The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) recently released a report that details the effects of the large number of electricity-producing power plants in North America. Specifically, the report focuses on six of the most dangerous and damaging toxins they release into the air.
The purpose of this report is to illustrate the dangers of mankind's reliance on fossil fuels, and some of the conclusions might just succeed in that regard. According to the report, fossil fuel-burning power plants are responsible for the majority of all pollutants that contribute to smog, climate change and even asthma. These plants are single-handedly responsible for 71 percent of reported sulfur dioxide emissions, a toxin that is a major component of acid rain.
The news from the report isn't all bad, as there are indications that positive steps have been taken in the past few years to reduce emissions while maintaining power output. Still, the numbers can be alarming.
Until the global society finds and implements a clean energy solution, it's unlikely anyone will be able to escape the dangers of these emissions. If you want to avoid as many of these toxins as possible, consider investing in a medical-grade air purifier to keep the air in your home fresh and clean.