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    GREENHOUSE GASES


    CO2 - Carbon Dioxide

    Carbon Dioxide (CO2) is released when fossil fuels (coal, oil and gas) are burned. The increase in CO2 in the atmosphere is causing global warming.


    CH4 - Methane

    Methane (CH4) is emitted during the production and transport of coal, natural gas, and oil. Methane emissions also result from the decomposition of organic wastes in municipal solid waste landfills, and the raising of livestock.


    N20 - Nitrous Oxide

    Nitrous Oxide (N20) is primarily emitted to the atmosphere from biological activity in soil and water, both natural and anthropogenic. Nitrous Oxide absorbs 270 times more heat per molecule than carbon dioxide.


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    SMOG CAUSING GASES


    NOx - Nitrogen Oxides

    Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) form when fossil fuels and biomass are burned at high temperatures. They contribute to ground-level ozone (or smog), and to the formation of acid rain.


    SO2 - Sulfur Dioxide

    Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) is formed when fuels containing sulfur, primarily coal and oil, are burned. SO2 combines with water and oxygen in the atmosphere to form acid rain.


    03 - Ozone

    Ground-level ozone (the primary constituent of smog) is the most complex, difficult to control, and pervasive of the six principal air pollutants. Unlike other pollutants, ozone is not emitted directly into the air by specific sources. Ozone is created by sunlight acting on NOx and VOC in the air.(Source:EPA)

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  • PUBLIC SMOG WON'T SAVE THE GREENLAND PUMP

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  • "Its also interesting to note that one gallon of gas burned, makes about 12 pounds of CO2 so you could 'buy' a ton by preventing about 180 gallons of gas from being burned - eg substituting out bicycling for 3500 miles of cars being driven (avg 20mpg), or not flying one person coast to coast (about the amount of fuel burned per person per cross atlantic flight)"

    - Dr. David Pepper
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  • THANKS TO PUBLIC SMOG CONTRIBUTORS >>

    Saul Albert

    Dr. Thomas Cahill

    Fabienne Delpy

    Simon Großpietsch

    David Hardingham

    Hari Kunzru

    Dr. Gerd Mörsch

    Josh On

    David Oppenheimer

    Fiona Parry

    Dr. David Pepper

    Kate Rich

    Dr. Birgitta Ringbeck

    Mark Van Soestbergen

    Greg Taylor

    Dr. Alexandra Thompson

    Prof. Dr. Harmut Vogtmann

    Prof. Dr. Gerd Weiss

    Et al.



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  • PUBLIC SMOG IS KYOTO GOLD STANDARD

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    PUBLIC SMOG

    PUBLIC SMOG is a park in the atmosphere that fluctuates in location and scale. The park is constructed through financial, legal, or political activities that open it for public use.

    Activities to create Public Smog have included purchasing and retiring emission offsets in regulated emissions markets, making them inaccessible to polluting industries.

    When Public Smog is built through this process, it exists in the unfixed public airspace above the region where offsets are purchased and withheld from use. The park’s size varies, reflecting the amount of emissions allowances purchased and the length of contract, compounded by seasonal fluctuations in air quality.

    Other activities to create Public Smog impact the size, location, and duration of the park. These activities include an attempt to submit Earth’s atmosphere for inscription on UNESCO ’s World Heritage List. 

    Any state that has signed the World Heritage Convention and wants to support a World Heritage submission to the Tentative List - acting as State Party in presenting a nomination file on behalf of Earth’s atmosphere - should contact this website.

    PUBLIC SMOG is subject to prevailing winds, and the long-range transport of aerosols and gases. 

    PARK SCHEDULE

    LOWER PARK
    The Lower Park opened to the public for the 2004 summer smog season above the Coastal Zone of California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District. The Lower Park is currently closed.

    UPPER PARK
    The Upper Park opened to the public from December 2006 through December 2007 over the European Union. It opened again from April to August 2010 over the United States. The Upper Park is currently closed.

    PUBLIC SMOG only exists through use and continual action. Passive use such as breathing is encouraged, as are activities for taking back the air.

    PUBLIC SMOG is open to the public free of charge.