Effects of Air Pollution on human health & how can we fix this?

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Air pollution is a long-talked-about topic globally and most organizations operating at a global level are concerned about it. Given the severity of the issue and the health impacts that it is creating on our life, it deserves more attention and preventive steps from the grassroots level.

Okay, but how severe is this problem really?

As per the reports shared by WHO, outdoor Air pollution was responsible for 4.2 million deaths globally. And India itself has seen 1.67 million people dying because of air pollution in 2019 alone.

The highest exposure to air pollution has been in low & middle-income countries with a high ratio of pollutants in the air. Reports also state that almost 99% of the world’s population breathes air that exceeds WHO guideline limits.

What is causing the air around us to get polluted and become an issue?

There are multiple reasons that impact the quality of air and make it harmful for the people living in direct contact with the infected air. Some of the most common reasons include:

Industrial waste

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Smoke emissions from vehicles

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Household emissions, Deforestation & Smoking.

Now that we are aware of the reasons causing Air pollution on such a global scale, how this can be fixed?

Though most of the required steps need to be taken and carried out via Government agencies, there are few ways in which we can contribute to the betterment of air quality. It includes indulging in daily habits of avoiding all possible causes of air pollution like minimizing household emission levels and smoking at a personal level. Switching to alternative mobility options like Electric vehicles or encouraging the use of public transport modes would also result in a massive positive impact.

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