How can i demonstrate the effects of petroleum in the air and environment in a science fair project?

I have to demonstrate the effects of petroleum in the environment, mainly the air. I was thinking about doing something like burning some of the byproducts and then discussing the amount of toxic chemicals that are released into the air, or maybe doing something about how petroleum contributes to acid rain. Please help!!!!!!

One Response to “How can i demonstrate the effects of petroleum in the air and environment in a science fair project?”

  1. Old Man from Scene 24 Says:

    Some of those byproducts are highly toxic and carcinogens, so I would steer away from that idea. All the lab work has already been done by professionals, so if you wanted to go with the affect on air quality, you should be able to do a nice (and more accurate and informative) project with charts and graphs using the data that is already there. Getting air sample data from the EPA would be a good addition as well.

    If you want a model type thing, you could find out the different chemicals released, tell how deadly they are, and make little weights or something representing how much of each the average person is responsible for in a year, month, lifetime, or whatever makes the weight a manageable size.