As spring rounds the corner, our air quality is going to be getting worse and worse leading into summer, the reason is two fold. First, temperatures begin to rise leading to more carbon dioxide in the air, and more harmful particles such as dust circulating our breathing air. This is corroborated by the increasing in harvesting/planting done by farmer, which also releases a lot of harmful breathing particles into the air. This is supported by the guardian which writes "Heavy fertilizer use and spreading manure that was stored over winter causes big releases of ammonia each spring. This reacts chemically with pollution from traffic and industry to create particles that can stay in the air for a week or more". It is true that countries have been working to reduce ammonia emissions, however we still are not quite there. The problem is, just because one country reduces their ammonia emissions, doesn't mean they are necessarily safe. The guardian further writes, " Around one third of the health impacts from western Europe’s particle pollution occurs in other parts of the world". This is exemplified by the 55,000 early deaths caused cause in China as a result of western Europe consumption of Chinese products. Spring time is not the best for the central valley, or China.
Even though Marijuana has been legalized in 28 states, some still chose to grow and sell illegally. That being said, for those that purchase marijuana, purchase it through registered sources. A recent article published by the Washington Post found that many illegal pot growers are using Gatorade bottles to harvest a dangerous insecticide called carbofuran. These chemicals are killing animals, lingering in the soil and threatening to contaminate towns’ water supplies. Growers are using the chemical to kill insects and protect their crop, when in actuality the pesticides used threatens surrounding plant and animal life, while also harming the individual that ingests the drug. The solution to this problem is tough. Even after legalization, it is still difficult for the government to regulate the sale of weed, however, this chemical can only be produced in forest areas, which means that if park rangers constantly monitor the grounds, they can help eliminate the issue.