Atmospheric Imbalances and Pollution

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On some 1938 postage stamps of Czechoslovakia are shown the smoking chimneys of factories. These stamps were not issued in support of a campaign against air pollution, but instead were intended to be symbolic of industry and prosperity. To many people of the world this picture still seems true of life, whereas actually, man has so harnessed the energy symbolized by the smoking chimney that the resulting air pollution has become a problem which erodes the prosperity of nations, undermines their health, and even modifies the very physical and biological environments in which we all live.


Nitrogen Oxide Atomic Bomb Direct Solar Radiation Carbon Dioxide Content Climatic Modification 
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