95% of World's Population is Exposed to Air Pollution

Apr 19, 2018, 02:04
95% of World's Population is Exposed to Air Pollution

Allegan had 19 orange days a year ago, second only to Berrien County, which had 20 orange days.

According to the reports, In 2016 because of the long-term exposure to the air pollution caused more than 6.1 million deaths around the world.

"We believe the ministry will rectify those in the final version of the programme", said Sunil Dahiya, Senior Campaigner, Greenpeace India.

California's population centers have always been associated with ozone, which forms on warm summer days when sunlight triggers chemical reactions between other airborne contaminants including emissions from cars.

Oil and gas operations often emit compounds that can form ozone, also known as smog.

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"In this report we look at two types of air pollution, one is ozone and the other is particulates", said Janice E. Nolen, assistant vice president of national policy for the lung association, and lead author of the report. Nassau County was not assessed because there are no air quality monitors within its borders.

Vardhan had earlier said that the Environment Ministry hopes to bring down air pollution in around 100 non-attainment cities by 50 per cent in the next five years under the NCAP.

A whopping 95% of the world is breathing unhealthy air, with the poorest countries being the most affected, a new report has found. Both ozone and particle pollution are risky to public health and can increase the risk of premature death and other serious health effects such as lung cancer, asthma attacks, cardiovascular damage, and developmental and reproductive harm.

Same goes for particle pollution, mostly - Visalia-Porterville-Hanford; Bakersfield; Los Angeles-Long Beach; Fresno-Madera, and Modesto-Merced are all California cities that top the list.

Ground-level ozone can burn sensitive lung tissues when inhaled. Many cities across the nation experienced more days when ground-level ozone, also known as "smog", reached risky levels, including most of the cities with the worst ozone problems.

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"With ozone it does vary a lot because of the relationship with the heat", said Nolen. Small particles can get deep into lungs and affect both the lungs and the heart.

Population-weighted seasonal average ozone concentrations in 2016. Similarly, the area's bowllike geography traps emissions of all kinds, making more ingredients available for ozone formation in summer. Ozone is a corrosive pollutant that can cause chest pain, coughing, shortness of breath and worsen asthma symptoms. In fact, Augusta tied for 122nd most ozone polluted city in the nation.

He, however, said various steps were taken to reduce indoor air pollution as 20 lakh improved cook stoves have already been distributed among users. "Ozone is caused by more use of internal combustion engines and folks don't seem to be doing the simple things they could do to quell those sources".

For people anxious about increasing air pollution, experts say there are things people can do on an everyday basis to help increase air quality; driving less, using public transportation and using less electricity.

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