Clean Our Air
Clean Our Air
Since air pollution is damaging to the environment and human health, we all need to play our part in reducing the level of air pollution in our neighborhoods.
The scientific evidences of disturbing links between the air pollution and health continues to build. In accordance with recent WHO estimates, exposure to the air pollution is the more important risk factors for major non-communicable diseases than previously thought. Air pollution is the largest contributor to the burden of disease from the environment. Air pollution can cause and exacerbates a number of diseases, ranging from asthma to cancer, pulmonary illnesses and heart disease.
Clean Air Act
Experience with the Clean Air Act since 1970 has been that protecting public health and building the economy can go hand in hand. Clean Air Act programs have lowered levels of six common pollutants — particles, ozone, lead, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide — as well as numerous toxic pollutants.
Air quality improvements has enabled many areas of the country to meet national air quality standards set to protect public health and the environment.
State emission control measures to implement the Act, as well as EPA’s national emissions standards, have contributed to air quality improvements.
Air pollution and the Environment
Increased ground-level ozone also causes damage to cell membranes on plants, inhibiting key processes required for growth and development. The loss of plant cover affects us all. Trees and other vegetation absorb pollutants such as excessive nitrogen dioxide, ozone and the particulate matter, through their leaves and needles and thereby help improve air quality. Less plant cover, this means less filtering capacity to clean our air.
Lower air pollution level mean less damage to the health of ecosystems. Environmental effects of air pollution includes damage to plants and long-term forest health, soil nutrients deterioration, accumulation of toxics in the food chain, damage to fish and other aquatic life in lakes and streams, and nitrogen enrichment of coastal estuaries causing oxygen depletion and resulting harm to fish and other aquatic animal populations.
- Selective catalytic reduction (SCR) and ultra-low NOx burners for NOx emission
- Scrubbers which achieve 95 percent and even greater SO2 control on boilers
When you breathe, very small particles — such as dust, soot, and acid droplets — can slip past your lung’s natural defense system. These particles get a stuck deep in your lungs and may cause problems more asthma attacks, bronchitis and other lung diseases, decreased resistance to infections, and even premature death for the elderly. Here the few things you can do to reduce particulate matter pollution and protect yourself.
- Do not use your wood stove or fireplace on days with unhealthy air.
- Avoid using leaf blowers and other types of equipment that raise a lot of dust. Use a rake or broom instead.
- Drive slowly on roads.
- Drive less, particularly on days with unhealthy air.
- Avoid vigorous physical activity on days with unhealthy air.
Take a strategic approach, we must think big and act boldly, but we recognize that the progress comes one step at a time. Our focus is only on making a difference in public policy and in our lives and our environment, not just making a statements.
Clean Our Air – At Home
- Use an energy efficient appliance.
- Turn off appliances when not in use.
- Recycling waste and old equipment.
On the Move
- When you do not have to drive, walk, use public transport or cycle.
- Take a part in a car-sharing arrangement especially during peak traffic time.
- Avoid revving, acceleration gradually and use cruise control when on the motorway.
- Invest if you can in less polluting vehicles.