What is air pollution?
“Air pollution is the introduction into the atmosphere of chemicals, particulates, or biological materials that cause discomfort, disease, or death to humans, damage other living organisms such as food crops, or damage the natural environment or built environment“. Source Wikipedia.
Air pollution affects human beings!
Every day, we eat 0.75 kg of food, drink 1.5 kg of fluids and breathe 15 kg of air. So it does effect us, human beings, tremendously! Some interesting facts:
- Inhaling air pollution takes away at least 1-2 years of a typical human life.
- It has effects as small as burning eyes and itchy throat to as large as breathing problems and death.
- Rising levels of air pollution in Beijing has brought a new disease – Beijing cough.
- Air pollution and resulting deaths are increasing fastest in Asia.
- The most hazardous pollutants are released from the air and less from the water and land together.
- The best ways to reduce air pollution are by walking and riding bicycle.
- Air pollution caused in traffic increase the chances of heart attack.
- Indoor air pollution is 2-5 times worse than the air outdoors.
- People who live near high traffic roads face greater risk of cancer, heart disease, asthma and bronchitis as these places contain more concentrated levels of air pollution.
All this is very scary and this is why we have to take care of nature and try to preserve natural source. Since we spent lots of time indoors, we need to make sure that the air in our buildings is good.
What can you achieve with good indoor climate in your building?
- 10% reduced sick leave
- 5% higher productivy
- attractive facility for people
- higher rental income
- Common signs of polluted indoor air!
- AIR: Ventilation and well-being!
- The History of Ventilation: Poor ventilation in Parliament!
- VOCs: Emission sources and ventilation!
- How do I know if air at home is good?
- Pollutions in our homes!