GLOBAL AIR POLLUTION

Problem

Epidemiological studies have consistently shown an association between particulate air pollution and not only it exacerbates illness in people with respiratory disease but also rises in the numbers of deaths from cardiovascular and respiratory disease among older adults.

Everyone on earth knows that air pollution is hazardous to health. The effects of air pollution is having a devastating impact on our health and the environment. Here are interesting ways to analyze how air pollution is gradually causing so many deaths worldwide.

Humans breathe 2 gallons of air per minute which means around 3400 gallons of air each day.
Inhaling Air pollution takes away at least 1-2 years of a typical human life.
It has effects as small as burning eyes and itchy throat to as large as breathing problems and death.
Pollutants that are released into the air, as opposed to land and water pollutants, are the most harmful.
Rising levels of air pollution in Beijing has brought a new disease – Beijing cough.
Air pollution is not a recent occurrence. In 1952, the Great Smog of London killed 8000 people.
Deaths caused by air pollution cost the European Union €161 billion pounds.
Electric vehicles produce less air pollutants. They stir up dirt but without producing gases.
Producing heavy crude oil increases chances of air pollution by 40% than producing light crude oil.
Air pollution caused by waiting in traffic increases the chances of death caused due to heart attack.
Toxic air pollution poses a greater threat to children, due to their smaller physical lung sizes.
5,000 premature deaths in Southern California are caused due to pollution from diesel trucks.
Travels at Grand Canyon are unable to see the other side due to air pollution, is 1000 miles away.
The most hazardous pollutants are released from the air and less from the water and land together.
The best ways to reduce air pollution are by walking and riding bicycle.
A single bus caries passengers which are likely to drive 40 cars.
Many people believe they are most affected by air pollution caused by vehicles.
Air pollution and resulting deaths are increasing fastest in Asia.
Air pollution that causes smog affects dolphins and makes them suffer from black lung diseases.
70% of the air pollution caused in Chinese cities is due to tailpipes.

Air Pollution is slowly killing humans. After traveling to Hangzhou, China a couple of times, I can say that although its a gorgeous city, its 150+ days of smog each year makes it much less attractive. A Chinese Café there has installed air purifiers for customers to escape their growing air pollution: http://dailym.ai/1c9aB6a

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