air pollution


n.

Contamination of air by smoke and harmful gases, mainly oxides of carbon, sulfur, and nitrogen.

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Cultural definitions for air pollution

air pollution

The addition of harmful chemicals to the atmosphere. The most serious air pollution results from the burning of fossil fuels, especially in internal-combustion engines.

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