Breath, Death And Data- Air That Is Killing Us

Nitya Malani
Jul 10, 2019   •  6 views

How concerning it is when you even get a single strand of white or grey hair.

But the irony is that we are building a world where mother nature is turning prematurely grey.

So get your head around one of the biggest environmental challenge the world is facing right now:-

AIR POLLUTION- A threat from which nobody can escape through , a threat which has led to a global , growing health crisis.

Burning fossil fuels for power, transport and industry is a major contributor to air pollution as well as the main source of planet-warming carbon emissions.

Some of the horrific and eye-opener impacts of Air Pollution are:-

1) Air Pollution causes one in eight deaths worldwide:- Well ,Air pollution is a leading cause of many common killers. And what makes this much more interesting is that It accounts for about one-third of deaths from stroke, chronic respiratory disease, and lung cancer as well as one quarter of deaths from heart attack.

2) 92% of the global population live in places with unhealthy air quality :- Accepting is the new trend of the world , andwe are so used to smog, that it is such an unusual day for us when we encounter a blue sky.

3)Indoor Pollution kills around 4.3 million people worldwide:- Isn’t this a quite big and horrifying number and bringing your focus to the fact that More than 40 per cent world’s population rely on open fires or traditional stoves to cook and heat their homes. Young children and women – who typically spend the most time inside around the fire – are at greatest risk of exposure.

4) Air pollution kills 800 people every hour or 13 every minute, accounting for more than three times the amount of people who die from malaria, tuberculosis and AIDS combined each year.

5) Air pollution damages crops. Ground-level ozone – which is produced by chemical reactions between air pollutants in the presence of sunlight – reduces crop growth and agricultural productivity. Two of the world’s most important staple crops, wheat and soybean, are particularly sensitive to the effects of ozone.

"Air Pollution is not merely a nuisance and a threat to health.It is a reminder that our most celebrated technological achievements – the automobile , the jet plane , the power plant industry in general and indeed the modern city itself are in the environmental failures".-

Barry Commoner

And remember anything else you're interested is not going to happen if you can’t breathe the air and drink the water.