Haley Tole, Tom Nagy, Jon Tosh Aluminum
How it’s Used in the US • Package beverages • Car parts- radiator, bumpers, wheels • Building construction-roofing, siding • Gum wrappers • Aluminum foil • Electrical products • Household cooking products-pots & pans
Environmental Consequences • Green house gas emissions- result from electrical consumption of smelters (way aluminum is produced) & bi-products of processing. • Primary aluminum production is the leading source of per fluorocarbon emissions in the US. • Sulfur Dioxideis one of the primary precursors of acid rain. • Uses large amounts of electricity, water and resources to produce.
Cultural Consequences • Extremely costly • Air pollution levels are drastically raised • Effects the next generations lifestyle by having limitations to the cleanliness of the air.
Environmental Effects • Toxic agent to freshwater organisms • Acidic Precipitation= High concentrations of Aluminum in fresh water • Aluminum also can accumulate in plants
Ways to Prevent Aluminum Issues • Recycling- recycle aluminum cans so they get reused instead of throwing them out • Littering- leaving aluminum cans on the street is a direct cause of environmental issues
What Should Be Done? • Recycling Awareness • Littering Penalties • Community Service • More Recycling Cans especially at convenience stores and street corners
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