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Measures to avoid air pollution

A growing reality in the world is air pollution, with large cities showing the highest levels of pollution. This pollution has detrimental effects on our health much greater than we think, so it is necessary to take urgent measures to reduce it.

Lowering air pollution levels is also everyone’s job. For this reason, in this AgroCorrn article we compile some measures to avoid air pollution and reduce it .

  1. How air pollution affects health
  2. Main measures to avoid and reduce air pollution
  3. Measures to avoid air pollution from home

How air pollution affects health

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that approximately 1.3 million people a year die from air pollution . Within these figures, more than 50% lived in developing countries. One of the reasons they focus on these countries is the lack of legislation regulating traffic and air pollution levels . The figures for air pollution in Spain are not as high as in these countries, however we must also take measures to reduce it. Some of the health consequences that prolonged exposure can have can be:

  • Increase in the incidence of allergies in the population.
  • Increase in the incidence of heart disease in the population.
  • Increase in the number of people suffering from respiratory diseases such as asthma or respiratory insufficiencies.
  • Increases in the incidence of certain types of cancers in the population, especially those related to the respiratory system, such as lung cancer.

We also invite you to consult this Infographic: Air Pollution and Health Problems , so that you can learn more about it.

Next, we will explain how we can avoid atmospheric or air pollution , as well as reduce what already exists.

Main measures to avoid and reduce air pollution

Air pollution is a real problem all over the world, but even more so in big places, like China or India, or big cities like Tokyo, New York, London, or like Madrid or Barcelona. The causes of air pollution and its increase are diverse: the increase in circulating vehicles, the processes developed in factories (industrial pollution), lack of rainfall, etc. City councils are aware of the problem and try to find solutions, such as speed limits or the number of vehicles that can circulate. Some of these measures to avoid atmospheric pollution as well as to reduce it and that are already carried out are:

  • Recycling : this takes advantage of waste and avoids some manufacturing processes that produce more toxic gases.
  • Encourage the use of public transport : this helps each person to dispense with using their private vehicle.
  • Share vehicle .
  • Acquire low-consumption or electric cars . In the case of a traditional one, bear in mind that diesel vehicles are the most polluting.
  • Submit our vehicle to periodic reviews. With this we will know if our vehicle complies with the limitations of pollutants and, if not, we can solve it as soon as possible.
  • Walking or cycling on shorter routes, which will reduce the use of other means of transport
  • Use spray cans that emit few harmful greenhouse gases. Many of these are certified.
  • Take care of the green areas of cities and contribute to increasing the number of them.

Measures to avoid air pollution from home

Reducing air pollution is everyone’s job and it is also in our power to take many measures to achieve it, as well as by the same means avoiding producing more air pollution . Some of these measures also help us to reduce and avoid air pollution at home , especially beneficial in environments with children, the elderly or people with any pathology. Some of these measures are:

  • Use low-consumption light bulbs or LED bulbs , since they are more efficient in the use of energy and therefore their production and use are less polluting than those of traditional light bulbs. In addition, you will save money.
  • Do not waste water. Some measures to save water at home are to shower instead of bathing, to use taps that save water or double flush systems in the cisterns, which achieve water savings, which also affects a reduction in energy consumption and pollution of the atmosphere in general.
  • Try to use sustainable products such as organic vegetables and greens, since contamination is avoided in their production and transport or, at least, this is greatly reduced, and they are much healthier foods.
  • Avoid using dishes or cutlery made of plastic or non-biodegradable materials.
  • Ventilate the house daily, avoiding the use of air conditioning.
  • Have indoor plants. These are plants that purify the air and thus help improve its quality.
  • Make use of the extractor or ventilate the kitchen when we fry food.
  • Do not smoke in closed spaces. It is preferable to do it on the terrace or in well ventilated areas.
  • Use air purifiers. These clean the environment and make it healthier. In addition, it is beneficial for people who suffer from allergies or other respiratory diseases.
  • Do not abuse the use of air conditioning or heating. Nor use them at an excessive temperature, without the need to go through cold or heat. Simply, you have to take into account a series of factors to adapt them to the ideal temperature and avoid wasting energy.

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