The deteriorating state of air quality is responsible for numerous health issues and eventual deaths in many parts of the world. Outdoor quality air in some parts of the world is extremely poor and the effect can be equated to regular smoking.
Here are some important truths about air pollution
Air pollution is responsible for a high percentage of deaths worldwide. The poor quality of air causes many chronic respiratory diseases and leads to complications in both adults and children. Lung cancer is directly associated with pollutants in the air and has contributed to many deaths in high pollution regions. The pollutants also trigger preexisting conditions such as asthma and respiratory illnesses making basic
Indoor air pollution is the silent killer taking away a large percentage of lives yearly. Burning gases or using traditional stoves creates a lot of carbon monoxide which mixes with the surrounding air and pollutes it further. When inhaled, carbon monoxide reduces oxygen intake and puts you at risk of suffering from conditions associated with low oxygen levels. People who spend a lot of time around such places are usually the most affected.
A majority of the world’s population lives in highly polluted environments. Highly populated urban areas carry a lot of pollutants in the air. Exhaust fumes from vehicles and emissions from industrial activity are the number one contributors of air pollution in these regions. Although natural occurrences like windstorms also contribute to air pollution, its effects are not as severe as with green house gasses. Additionally, poor waste management in industrialized areas contributes to continued increase in chemical pollutants and green house gases.
Pollutants in the air contain some chemicals that rapidly age you skin. Looking older is not something many people desire. The chemicals interact poorly with your body and add several years to your perceived age. This is a big issue especially with young men and women.
Attention problems such as ADHD are associated with exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. When a pregnant woman inhales these emissions, they affect the child in utero and increase their likelihood to develop attention disorders under certain ages. In some instances, some pollutants affect the fetal development process and lead to some birth defects in newborns.
Polluted air damages plants. Ground level ozone is implicated with reduced crop growth and minimal productivity. Important food crops such as the wheat plant are extremely sensitive to ground ozone and wind up being damaged and leaving a deficit due to losses. This type of ozone is produced by interaction of chemical pollutants in the presence of sunlight.
Participating in activities that reduce emissions and pollutants might just save the planet. Taking part in various initiatives such as clean energy reforms and environmentally friendly transport helps to reduce increasing rate of pollutants in the air. Using bicycles instead of fume emitting vehicles has the potential to reduce a large percentage of pollutants in the air.
Air pollution is a direct cause of global warming. If it continues to go unchecked, its effects could be potentially catastrophic.