For many years people have lived with horrible air quality. It seems that every year it gets worse. Will it ever get better? The horrible air quality not only affects us, but it also affects the environment around us. Every year our temperatures rise, which causes a chain of reactions. For example in the Arctic when the temperatures are higher than normal the ice starts to melt, destroying Arctic animals habitats. This could also lead to higher tides in the surrounding areas, causing flooding which cost millions of dollars for the government.
The air quality should only get worse at this rate. Air pollution can also have a huge affect on our lives. Air pollution can cause many harmful diseases to the human body, with several diseases having the ability to kill people. With the air quality becoming worse every year, the death rates caused by air pollution should only increase. Some people do not believe bad air is bad to the environment, but in reality it is very harmful to the environment.
There are two main parts of air pollution which is indoor and outdoor pollution.
As you may have guessed indoor air pollution is indoors, while outdoor air pollution is outside in the environment. Indoor pollution is very harmful to the human body. It is extremely to infants and even worse on premature children, it may even be fatal. Outdoor air pollution is mostly harmful to the environment and it is also harmful to humans but not as harmful as indoor pollution.
Outdoor air pollution is very harmful to the ozone layer, making it shrink every year. Every year we have more and more warmer days than usual, that is due to outdoor pollution. Indoor and outdoor air pollution both are harmful to the human and the environment.
People contribute to air pollution on a day to day basis. Some do not even know they contribute to it. Tara from BIOFRIENDLYPLANET (2010) states “ It is well known that vehicles contribute a large percentage of the CO2 emissions found in the U.S., especially in larger cities”. The article exhibits something as common as driving your personal vehicle is bad for the environment. CO2 diplinishes the ozone layer causing global warming to occur (2010). It is scientifically proven that the air indoors is five times more polluted than the air outdoors (2010). Common electronic items like the air conditioning unit and a stove can release deadly amounts of CO2 to be released into the building. Indoor pollution is the leading cause of premature deaths in the United States (2010). They are slowly decreasing at the moment, and are expected to decrease from 3.3 million to 2.2 millions premature deaths by 2040.
People die daily due to air pollution. Mosbergen from HuffPost (2016) states “fourth-largest threat to human health after high blood pressure, dietary risks and smoking”. Air pollution is linked to serious illnesses and deaths, with air pollution being the fourth leading cause of death. Paris-based energy group states, “the number of deaths attributed to poor air quality is set to only rise in the coming decades” (2016). Change is needed or close friends or family may be the next victim. The outdoor pollution related deaths are set to rise in the coming decades. We need to conserve our environment if we want to live in it. Asia will take the biggest effects on these deaths and that is because of their large population rate and the large amount of factories in Asia (2016). They are expected to be affected by 90% (2016).
According the World Health Organization one in eight of the total global deaths are linked to air pollution (2012). That is an extremely high number and it should only rise at this point. These deaths are all linked to illnesses. In outdoor air pollution 40% of the deaths are because of heart diseases caused by air pollution (2012). Another 40% of the deaths are because of a stroke, 6% lung cancer, 11% chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and 3% is respiratory infections to young children (2012). For indoor pollution the illnesses and percentages are pretty similar, 34% of the deaths are from a stroke, 26% are from heart disease, 22% are from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, 12% are from respiratory infections to children, and 6% are from lung cancer (2012). All of these illnesses are linked to air pollution. It does not matter if someone stays inside or outside air pollution is everywhere and may cause illnesses that can be fatal. As you can see indoor pollution illnesses are closer together in percentages, which is because the indoor pollution is much worse than the outdoor pollution (2012).
The World Health Organization found that 92% of the population breathes air with unhealthy levels of pollutants (2016). That is extremely unhealthy to the human body, can also lead to serious diseases. QUARTZ has collected data for unhealthy air for over 3000 countries (Foley, 2016). With all of the data being collected Saudi Arabia has the worst air quality out of all of the countries tested. Most of the countries in the Middle East and in Asia have the worst air quality (2016). The bad air quality is mostly due to the sand and the and the vehicles. With the sandy environment in Saudi Arabia a lot of sandstorms occur (2016). According to Foles, when the sand is blown into the air some sand particles stay into the air causing it to worsen (2016). Another reason the quality is horrible in Saudi Arabia is because of the vehicle use (2016). Public transportation is frowned upon in Saudi Arabia because women are never left alone and work for men are usually hours away (2016). Therefore causing men to drive usually big vehicles releasing more harmful gases into the Earth’s atmosphere.
According to Worldatlas the most polluted city in the world is Zabol, Iran (2018). This was a very interesting fact because the population of Zabol is only 500,000. Most of the most polluted cities usually are overpopulated (2018). For example the second most polluted city in the world is Gwalior, India which has a population of over one million (2018).