Effects and Solutions of Air Pollution

Improve Air Quality around your Home and Community

Air pollution is wreaking havoc in the economy. With so many side-effects, reducing air pollution should be your first priority. In this article, we focus on the Effects and Solutions of Air Pollution.

In today’s world, there are lots of hazardous chemicals in everything we use. Such include the increase in gasoline burning automobiles on highways and e-wastes filling our landfills. With all this mess, the idea of preventing air pollution is hard to imagine.

Other than smog, air quality links to everything from global warming to childhood asthma. Therefore, turning a blind eye to air pollution not only affects our health but also the planet healthy for generations to come.

But all is not lost. There is an opportunity to make a difference. With these steps, you can improve air quality around your home and community. With this, everyone is able to breathe easier.

  1. Understand Air Pollution Causes

There are different air pollution causes in the globe. Some of these include particulate matter, sulfur dioxide, ground-level ozone, lead, carbon monoxide, and nitrogen oxide.

Well, most people are only cognizant of lead and carbon monoxide as leading causes of air pollution. But it may surprise you to learn that ground-level ozone is the leading cause of air pollution today.

Don’t confuse ground-level ozone with the natural ozone layer. The latter works to prevent harmful sun rays from getting to the earth surface. But how does ground-level ozone form?

It happens when volatile organic compounds mix with nitrogen oxides. The resultant chemical reactions lead to numerous health conditions. Such include emphysema, bronchitis, and asthma.

So how do you control this type of pollution? By knowing where these chemical reactions occur. That’s anywhere with car exhaust fumes, gasoline vapors, and plant emissions. Reducing these elements helps reduce the amount of ground-level ozone you’re exposed to.

  1. Reduce the Use of Automobiles

Vehicles do more than contributing to ground-level ozone. In making gasoline, burning of coal and oil is necessary. The reaction contributes to an increase in sulfur dioxide, one of the leading causes of air pollution. So, the more time you spend behind a wheel, the more air pollution.

Whereas it may not be entirely possible to eliminate the use of automobiles, you can do something to reduce the effect. Such would consolidate shopping and errands. In this way, you don’t need to make multiple trips to the same location all the time.

If you live close to a railway, make a commitment to use a railway at least once or twice in a week.

  1. Go Solar

Electricity may seem like an efficient way to heat and light your home. But wait, electricity plants generate the highest VOCs in all forms of manufacturing. Plus, nitrogen oxide is among electricity utility by-products.

Once the two by-products react, they result in the production of more ground-level ozone. Going solar seems the only option to save the environment from pollution.

The available solar panels are quite unique in design and installation. They’re capable of generating enough energy to heat your water and power the entire home.

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Lata Bhattacharjee

Lata is an Editor of Nature Talkies and a blogger, mom and freelance writer.

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