Air pollution, or as it’s more commonly known “smog”, is on the rise – with the worst affected areas being in cities and towns. London is currently one of the cities undergoing a drastic scheme to try and cut down air pollution; including surcharges for driving around the city and penalties for those who are leaving their engines running for an extended period of time e.g parents waiting for their children outside the school gates.
Other countries are also taking air quality seriously. With China having some of the poorest air pollution levels in the world, they are vowing to cut down their pollution levels by 30% in 2018.
Why is it important?
Poor air quality can have a serious effect on your health. In fact, last year 40,000 early deaths were linked to air pollution. In the first month of 2018, London had already surpassed the air pollution limit, reaching illegal toxic levels in the city.
It also has an undeniable connection to global warming, with the government concerned about the emissions being released into the atmosphere. To stop this from happening, there have continuously been new sanctions put in place to encourage companies and individuals to pollute less.
As the air quality is so poor outside, you’d expect to feel more protected indoors, but unfortunately that isn’t always the case. Air quality can affect you anywhere you are, although cities are affected with the worst air quality, suburban areas are not free from such pollution.
Because poor air quality is such a widescale problem, it has inevitably seeped into our homes and workplaces. In addition, indoor air pollution is attributed to: mould and pollen, smoke, household products and pesticides.
It can even effect productivity in the workplace. As a result of poor air quality, productivity can drop to more than half when poor air quality is prevalent. This means that workers are less motivated; feeling more sluggish and tired. It can also contribute to lowering their immune system, so they would be more inclined to take sick days.
Is there a solution?
Thankfully, with the latest developments in technology, scientists and engineers have been able to work together to combat air quality. Implementing comprehensive ventilation systems in the workplace has already proved to have a positive effect on the air we breathe. Providing spaces with clean air void of potential pollutants. This is fundamental in living a fulfilling and prosperous life, and also incredibly beneficial to the economy with workers being more motivated within the workplace.
In the long run, the developments in technology are guaranteed to have a positive impact on your general health and wellbeing. With such impressive steps being taken in the right direction, the effects of air pollution will decrease. Countries collaborating to ensure they keep their emissions under control is the biggest step, with governments taking action on a global scale. Furthermore, increased interest in new technology combating air pollution will inevitably help to save lives, with extra funding being pushed into improving air quality.