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RELATED TO CLIMATE CHANGE: AIR POLLUTION

We have no doubt, we all know air pollution and climate change are closely related. So when we reduce air pollution, it means that we also protect the climate.

WHAT IS AIR POLLUTION?

As we all know, air pollution refers to the release of pollutants into the air that are harmful for human health and the planet as a whole.

Moreover, unfortunately, many air pollutants contribute to climate change by affecting the amount of incoming sunlight that is reflected or absorbed by the atmosphere, with some pollutants warming and others cooling the Earth.

WHAT ARE THESE POLLUTANTS?

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These pollutants include black carbon, methane, ground-level ozone, sulfate aerosols and hydrofluorocarbons.

Furthermore, black carbon and methane are the top contributors to global warming after carbon dioxide (CO2).

According to the research most air pollution comes from energy use and production. For example burning fossil fuels releases gases and chemicals into the air.

“Smog” or “ground-level ozone” occurs when emissions from combusting fossil fuels react with sunlight.

“Soot” or “particulate matter” is made up of tiny particles of chemicals, soil, smoke, dust or allergens in the form of gas or solids that are carried in the air.

WHAT ARE THE SOURCES OF POLLUTANTS?

Pollutant sources are similar. They all come from anything that burns fossil fuels such as coal, gas or natural gas.

And here is a sad fact that fossil fuel air pollution kills one in five people!

Moreover, there are some other dangerous air pollutants too. For example mercury, lead, dioxins and benzene.

We are really sorry to say that we have been contributing to our pollution and global warming because of our lifestyles. We are producing and consuming more than ever. Therefore we are releasing greenhouse gases more than ever. And now, we are facing some consequences. And we will continue to experience them if we don’t change our lifestyles.

SOME PROBLEMS AND DİSEASES WE CAN EXPERIENCE BECAUSE OF AIR POLLUTION

When it comes to air pollution, we see some serious health problems.

Approximately 7 million premature deaths annually are due to the effects of air pollution.

Especially children get affected from air pollution. This situation can be harmful for their lungs also it can affect their IQ and ability to learn.

As humans, our lungs, hearts, kidneys, livers, immune, nervous and endocrine systems are in danger!

And we want to emphasize that this situation is getting harder and harder for those who have asthma.

A recent assessment suggests that reducing black carbon emissions produced by burning carbon-based materials would prevent millions of premature deaths as well as helping meet climate change mitigation targets.

HOW TO REDUCE AIR POLLUTION

1-) Make wise choices about transportation. (Walk, ride a bike or use public transportation when you can.)

2-) Support leaders who push for clean air, water and responsible steps on climate change.

3-) Use filters in factory chimneys.

4-) Try to use renewable energy sources as much as possible.

5-) Never think that one person can make no change because in this case, one person can make a huge difference.

Remember, the quality of the air we breathe depends on the lifestyle choices we make.

Make wise choices!

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