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Answered 2011-05-22 13:23:50

Some of the harmful gases which are rising in the atmosphere and are major cause of atmospheric pollution are (in no particular order):

  1. Carbon monoxide (from incomplete combustion of fuels... no choice, toxic to breathe),
  2. Sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide (from industrial and vehicular exhaust, causes of acid rain, irritates air passages),
  3. Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs, refrigerant discharges, causes destruction of the ozone layer),
  4. Mercury emissions (from industries, fluorescent lamps and the burning of coal, potentially toxic),
  5. Carbon dioxide (fossil fuel burning and greenhouse gas),
  6. Methane gas (cow farming, landfill emissions and natural sources, greenhouse gas),
  7. Volatile organic compounds (from fuel vapors, solvent, paint, etc. Really includes methane too),
  8. Ozone (which is bad at low altitudes and does not survive to replenish the high altitude ozone layer which protects us from UV light)

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