According to the American Lung Association, there is some definite progress happening in the air we breathe. However, unfortunate as it may be, there is still a long way to go before we will have toxin-free air around us. In fact, the air is nowhere near where we’d like it to be. There is still an incredible amount of pollution all around, and it is making many people sick. From minor allergies to major physical sickness, air pollution is creating many problems in the world today.
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To give you a better idea of the harmful qualities of the air you are breathing in right now, here are some air quality statistics from 2012. Although some improvement is happening, we can only hope that this year will be better than the last.
Smog Levels Are High But Declining
Fortunately for us, the incredibly high smog levels are said to be declining. Of the 25 cities that are the most seriously affected by ozone pollution, 18 of them reported their lowest level of smog since the year 2000 during 2012. This shows major progress, especially considering the major cities that were included, such as Los Angeles and Cincinnati. However, with smog levels still very high in many cities, this is still an area that needs work.
127 Million People Are Living In Major Pollution
Throughout the world, there is said to be 127 million people who are currently residing in locations that have received an F score for major pollutants. When considering that this is the lowest score possible, this is a serious matter for concern. The most serious forms of pollution referenced in this very negative rating are particle pollution and actual ozone. For anyone living in these cities, this can be a serious and life threating problem.
Busy Roads Increase the Rate of Pollution
With new roads being created all the time, road pollution is becoming an important area of concern. Statistics show that individuals who live near busy highways are at a much greater risk than those who do not. If you are considering purchasing a new home now or in the future, it would be a good idea to stay away from a major traffic area. Likewise, if you are currently living near a very congested area of traffic, it may be time to consider moving. Your health, and the health of the people you care about most, may be at risk because of it.
As Improvements Continue, the Average Lifespan Will Increase
Many studies have shown that the life expectancy for the average person has and will continue to decline if we do not fix our current problem with air pollution. Certain statistics have shown that with the recent improvements that have been made with air quality, the average lifespan is gradually increasing. It is theorized that five months have already been added to the average life expectancy of many individuals based on this improvement.
Improved Air Will Help to Prevent Death and Save Money
Statistics are very clear that improved air quality will help to put off many deaths. With the Clean Air Act, 230,000 deaths are expected to be prevented. It is incredible that air quality can have such a major impact on life expectancy, yet it is only the truth. In addition to helping to prevent deaths, the Clean Air Act is also said to save a tremendous amount of money each year in medical costs, environmental improvements, and more. By 2020, we are expected to have saved two trillion dollars with the help of higher quality air.
Dirty Air Can Come From a Variety of Sources
Many people are under the false impression that air pollution comes from only major things, such as manufacturing plants and leaks. Unfortunately, this is nowhere near the truth. From the 2012 study of air quality, some of the biggest sources of pollution come from the following:
- Power plants
- Diesel trucks and other types of vehicles
- Heavy manufacturing and other equipment
- Ocean vessels
In addition to these sources, there are many other sources of air pollution, such as car travel and uncared for trash.
Steps you can take to Decrease Air Pollution
If everyone were to participate in preventing air pollution, we would likely be able to see a major improvement in the air quality in 2013 and in the future. Unfortunately, not everyone is interested in learning how to be involved in this type of a project. If you are interested in preventing air pollution, here are some things you should do:
- Drive less – Each time you drive, you are contributing to the problem with air pollution. By driving less, you will be able to help yourself and others avoid this horrible problem in the air we breathe.
- Be frugal with electricity – Many people don’t realize that electricity has any effect on air pollution, but it actually does. By saving electricity, and only using it as necessary, you will be playing an important role in preventing air pollution.
- Don’t burn trash – If you are one who likes to burn trash, stop. This may seem like a small thing, but it actually can make a big difference in increasing the pollution of the air. Try to keep your trash levels down, and definitely don’t burn them.
By helping with these simple steps, you can make a huge difference for the air quality that we are breathing.
Keep Your Lungs Healthy
Even if you do everything you can to prevent air pollution, there will likely still be more pollution in the air. Because of this, it’s important to learn how to keep your lungs healthy by avoiding as much pollution as you can. When possible, avoid exercising outside when the air quality is said to be poor. Also, try to take your part in using clean air vehicles for your daily commute. For the sake of your family, it is a good idea to purchase a home air filter that you can use to get rid of unwanted toxins in your home.
*To learn more information about the 2012 statistics for air quality, visit http://www.stateoftheair.org/2012/facts
Article contributed by Rabbit Air – providers of stylish HEPA air purifiers.