Air Quality Awareness Week – Day 5: Air, Animals, and Plants

Graphic showing deer and birds in silhouette against a blue sky. with light clouds.

Air pollution impacts animals and plants through a variety of pathways – directly through the air and indirectly through the water and soil. Air Quality Awareness Week is a great time to learn how air pollution impacts our ecosystems and the work that EPA is doing to protect air quality and our ecosystems.

An ecosystem is a community of plants, animals and other organisms, along with their environment, including the air, water and soil. Air pollutants can cause many environment effects to ecosystems. Everything in an ecosystem is connected. If something harms one part of an ecosystem – one species of plant or animal, the soil or the water – it can have an impact on everything else.

See more at Air, Animals and Plants | US EPA


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