Why You Need Fresh Air & Why Pollution Is Killing Us

What is Air Pollution?

Air pollution can be described as the release of a gas, liquid, or solid in a any quantity to harm the health of living things. Of course, this is a very simple definition of air pollution but it will be sufficient for this discussion.

What is Present in Polluted Air?

Normally, the concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the air is less than 0.05 percent. At this concentration, if you inhale this gas, it does you no harm. In fact, you do inhale it all day long. However, increase this concentration to 5–10 percent and the air containing this gas becomes toxic or worse. Thus, when the delicate balance of air composition is disturbed, it can turn from something that keeps us alive to something that is fatal!

How is Air Pollution Affecting Us?

Research done earlier last year showed that more than 5.5 million people are dying annually due to air pollution. It has made air pollution one of the leading cause of death! The worst part is that the number of such deaths will continue to rise with the passage of time due to the constant increase in air pollution.

What are the Sources of Air Pollution?

Different sources that add to the air pollution include power plants and vehicles. However, it isn’t just outdoor air pollution that is causing deaths around the globe. There are also household air pollution sources, especially in developing countries, that are adding to the number. Among these sources are included using coal, wood and charcoal inside the home for cooking and heating purposes.

Air pollution is a problem that we can’t run away or hide from. The only solution is to correct it through the improvement of air quality and we would all have to work together to make it happen. Carpool to work, ride your bike when you can, don’t waste electricity, recycle. All of these things can help us make this place a little safer to live 🙂

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