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The World is Fighting Back: Causes of Air Pollution and the Solutions

The causes of air pollution aren’t so obvious, even though Air pollution is a significant problem in many parts. Many people are unaware of how bad this issue can be, especially for children who may suffer from asthma attacks when they contact air pollutants. The blog post will explore what causes air pollution and its effects on humans and the environment.

This article will answer questions such as: What are some examples of air pollutants? What causes these types of emissions to happen? How do we know that air pollution is harmful to us? And lastly, what can I do to help reduce my exposure to these toxic substances?

Air pollution facts effects and causes infographic describing the air quality index

The Danger of Air Pollution

Air pollution can cause lung cancer, respiratory diseases, and asthma, whether from industrial emissions or car exhaust. It affects not only adults but children too. Children are more susceptible to air pollution because their lungs are still developing, breathing faster than adults do.

The most important thing you can do for your family’s health is keep them safe from the dangers of living in an urban environment such as this one by reducing exposure to environmental pollutants like air pollution. You may not always control where you live or work, but there are some things you can do now to protect yourself and your loved ones from harm: avoid busy streets when.

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Why we should solve the Air Pollution Problem

Air is the medium we breathe in. It is the reason we are living. Unfortunately, we seem not to be much concerned about protecting this asset as we should be.

In a city like Los Angeles, one of the most polluted cities in America, air pollution is a constant issue. One day when I was walking to work, I noticed that my shirt had turned brown from all the dirt and grime on it just from walking down the street. This was shocking because I thought LA would be cleaner than this.

The causes of air pollution have ramifications for humans and animals alike. It can cause asthma, heart disease, lung cancer, and other respiratory diseases.” “When there are high levels of particle matter in the air, we have an increased risk for stroke or heart attack. A recent study found that women who live within 500 meters of heavy traffic areas were more likely to develop breast cancer than those living farther away.

Who is Responsible for all the Air Pollution

In recent years, air pollution has hiked to new heights, and who is responsible for this notorious increase? Humans. 

Our negligence has been deteriorating the atmospheric condition. The burning of fossil fuel, exhaust from the industrial chimneys, and automobiles are posing unprecedented damages to the environment, and the effects are apparent in the form of Death. 

According to the World Health Organization, 9 out of every ten individuals breathe in the air with contamination levels greater than the WHO guidelines.

The Effects of Air Pollution

As a result of air pollution, almost seven million people die.

There is no doubt that increasing stroke cases, cardiovascular diseases, and pulmonary diseases are the fruits of air pollution. The disturbing thing is that contaminated air has started trespassing the other body systems other than the heart and the lungs. 

As Cristiana De Lia, clean air campaign lead at Global Action Plan wrote,

Air pollution impacts are not unknown, and increasing evidence is shining a light on several more concerning impacts, not just for our respiratory systems, but for our memory and mental health as well.

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The results of a recent study also support this conviction. The research conducted in China under Luxia Zhang, MD, MPH, and Shaowei Wu, MD, Ph.D. (Peking University) traced the potential relationship between air pollution and kidney diseases. Sad to say, the outcomes were not very pleasing. 

“Approximately 10.8% of participants had chronic kidney disease. Each 10 μg/m3 increase in the concentration of fine particulate matter at a participant’s address was associated with a 1.3-times higher odds of having the disease. This link was significantly stronger in urban areas, males, younger participants, and participants without comorbid diseases.”

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What’s being done about Air Pollution

Various environmental factors can also cause air pollution, such as dust storms, car and power plant emissions, forest fires, and forest and agricultural burning. Pollutants need to be removed from the atmosphere, and necessary measures to prevent further accumulation.

The most effective way of removing pollutants is through natural gas flaring, which rapidly burns off the impurity. As a result of the government’s focus on this issue in India, it has significantly changed the air quality that people breathe. However, there are still some areas of India where the air pollution is getting worse, and these need to be regarded as a priority.

The United States Vs. Air Pollution

The United States is looking to change the way they approach air pollution. The EPA has proposed a plan that would lower carbon emissions and fight air pollution. The program has been published and has received many comments from stakeholders and individuals all over the country. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy has said the proposed rule would “drive innovation and growth, paving the way for a new generation of clean energy that’s never been more affordable or accessible.”

“This is probably the most important action we can take to help prevent the worst effects of climate change – and it will cost us far less than the price we’ll pay if we don’t take action,” McCarthy said on a call with reporters.

The proposed rule would cut carbon emissions from power plants by 30 percent between 2005 and 2030. This would likely lead to many more changes in the energy industry, which the EPA wants to happen, but not force utilities to make these changes all at once.

India’s fight against Air Pollution

The government is trying to fight air pollution by assisting with the acquisition of care-related resources. The Indian government has helped the UPA acquire healthcare facilities in Uttar Pradesh, where there are high incidences of pollution-related diseases. The Indian government has also addressed the policy that deals with quality healthcare services for young mothers. The government has attempted to raise awareness of the health risks associated with air pollution, but it’s still a big problem in Uttar Pradesh.

China is trying to find Air Pollution solutions

This will provide a way of communicating the results, monitoring and assessing the impact of the interventions. The support provided by the USAID in this regard has enabled them to build on the foundation that was already created for influencing change at a grassroots level.

The emission control and management program were implemented in 126 Chinese cities, including the major ones like Beijing, Shannxi Province, Tianjin Municipality, Hebei Province, and Inner Mongolia. It provided support to develop a pollution-reduction plan that will reduce pollutants such as nitrogen dioxide (NO2), sulfur dioxide (SO2), and 10 microns or less particulate matter. In addition to health benefits, this initiative is supposed to save money by reducing energy waste.

A report from the US embassy stated that the overall air pollution reduction hasn’t been significant or permanent despite China being involved in making some improvements. This got us thinking about what could be done differently next time. Does China need to consider its environmental impact?

The US Embassy in Beijing conducted a study on the air quality in China’s big cities. The researchers used special equipment to measure the concentration of harmful gases such as Total Suspended Particulate Matter (TSP) and nitrogen dioxide, and other ambient gases like carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, ozone, etc. The testing was done during different times of day throughout the year on several days. Fifty tests were performed from 2007 to 2010 by taking samples at random locations, including busy intersections and highways.

In 2008 alone, there were 57 days where levels of TSP exceeded more than ten micrograms per cubic meter while nitrogen dioxide measurements consistently exceeded 100 micrograms per cubic meter during rush hours regularly.

This is not good news considering that the World Health Organization’s (WHO) standards are 20 micrograms per cubic meter for TSP and 40 micrograms per cubic meter for nitrogen dioxide.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a more stringent standard regarding air pollution sickness in terms of these gases. It requires 25 micrograms per cubic meter for TSP and 100 micrograms per cubic meter for nitrogen dioxide under its “good air quality days.” In addition to causing respiratory illnesses, China’s bad air also contributed to thousands of deaths annually.

Conclusion

In this matter, each individual has to take the responsibility of purifying the air and avoiding the activities that feed the pollution. The government and the council must keep a strict eye on the pollutant’s disposal and punish the owners in law violations. 

As a society, we need to take responsibility for the air pollution in our neighborhoods and communities. We can do this by sharing more resources on how people can combat the causes of air pollution. For example, you could share these two articles or one of these videos with your contacts. Hence, they have better information about their options regarding reducing emissions and other causes of air pollution in their community. What are some ways that you’ve found helpful in combating polluted air?

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