Air pollution: Our ecological alarm and blessing in disguise



Air pollution is the one feedback signal of man's overgrazing of his ecological niche on earth which is capable of spreading an alarm throughout his self-encapsulating cities and suburbs—hopefully in time to allow preventive action. It has already stimulated a greater awareness of, and interest in, man's total environment and his impact on other species. If air pollution does indeed arouse man to achieve a planned, as opposed to a catastrophically imposed, equilibrium with the ecology of earth, no one can deny that it will truly have been a blessing in diguise.