Have you ever seen a bunch of plastic bottles and bags floating in your local river or lake? Were you ever tempted to grab a mask in order to prevent smog from getting into your lungs? Pollution today is all around us, some results of it we can see (trash, landfills, smog) and some we can’t see which makes them even more dangerous. Luckily, city authorities are finally cracking under pressure and making serious steps to put a stop on our environmental crisis. Here’s what urban settlements can do in order to fight plastic and air pollution.
Recent studies have been released stating that even our homes can be contaminated by the daily pollutants usually only reserved for metropolitan epicenters. While these pollutants are on a much smaller scale than, say, city smog, it’s important to eliminate them for the safety of the entire household.
The consequences of efficiency are the main culprit. From household cleaning product fumes to smoke from burnt cooking ware, everyday products need to be considered with care before purchasing and while using. It’s inevitable — we need to buy modern products to function normally in today’s society. However, this doesn’t equate to carelessness.
One step to take to a greener home is to ditch artificial air fresheners. Science Direct report that 20 percent of the American population is allergic to such smell enhancers — and some may not know it. Opt for a naturally scented candle or organic and natural popery bag.
The indoor air quality in our homes can be worse than we think – and it could be leading to a wide variety of health problems. Thanks in part to super-efficient modern homes, we may be living in homes filled with volatile organic chemicals such as formaldehyde and benzene that could be having a dangerous long-term impact on our health.
An expert on indoor air quality, Professor Colbeck explains that both outdoor and indoor air need to be considered when evaluating air quality indoors. He says outdoor air pollution in the present day mostly involves nitrogen oxides and particulate matter from traffic emissions.
Unfortunately, while outdoor air pollution is regularly discussed, indoor air pollution gets little attention. This is despite the fact that, as Dawson points out, “Indoor air pollution can be up to five times worse than outside air pollution.”
We need fresh air to live a healthy and full life, but it’s fast becoming a luxury. Residents of many major cities around the world are plagued with smog and poisonous gases from motor vehicles, fossil fuel based power plants, and factories.
The good news is there is a simple solution you can use at home to make your air much cleaner. While air purifiers might help, air purifying plants are a great and natural way to clean your home’s air supply.
The UK government recently announced a plan to ban the sale of petrol and diesel engine cars from 2040, amid fears that rising levels of nitrogen oxide are posing a major risk to public health. The government claim that the ban must take place due to the unnecessary and avoidable impact that poor air quality is having on the general public’s health.
Petrol and diesel cars are amongst some of the worst generators of nitrogen dioxide, which causes many serious health issues to the public, such as long-term exposure decreasing lung function, increased risk of respiratory conditions and increased response to allergens.
Not only does nitrogen dioxide affect us, it also effects the world around us. Due to the intense levels produced by the millions of cars in the world, nitrogen dioxide causes devastating effects such as acid rain, smog and ground-level ozone formation. In a desperate effort to reduce these effects, the government hopes that the ban of petrol and diesel engine cars will lead to a switch to less harmful electric vehicles and increase in use other forms of alternative transport. Select Car Leasing have looked into the road leading to 2040, to see why this is happening and if the UK will be ready for the switch.