How Fast Polluted Air Reduces Your Lifetime
Our epoch is characterized by poor quality of life quality, damaged nature and polluted environment. Although technological progress had opened many ways of how to make our life easier, safer and more entertaining, many side effects of fastindustrialization and fast urbanization had left a serious trace on our lives.
Undoubtedly, life has changed very much in the last few centuries. Once abundant with wildlife and free lands were deforested and cultivated, animal farms and cropping fields took over a bigger part of the land and Earth’s population started to accumulate in big and extensive urban areas.
Suburbs and big cities became the accumulative centers of today’s population. Our lifestyle is determined by city life and the changing trends of unregulated consumption. Once prosperous in the countryside, Earth’s population migrates to big cities and urban areas, ending up clogged and stuffed in between dense buildings and busy streets. Such a change is characterized by numerous negative effects.
Rapid urbanization hadn’t left enough time for rational and conscious planning so today’s urban and suburban population lives in unsuitable and bad-designed for humans, environment. Traffic pollution and the usage of fossil-fueled transport which is way beyond the limit is proof for that.
Cities and even villages are abundant with four-wheeled transport that negatively affects the local surroundings. While villages are located in low-populated areas and are open to all winds, the urban environment is closed between tall buildings, concrete walls and skyscrapers. The amount of transport in megalopolises is overwhelming and bad planning of city streets and the absence of rational and responsible regulation of the road movement creates such problems as traffic jams, tie-ups, smog curtains and other negative and hazardous events.
Since fossil fuels are made of oil and end up as combustion products that enter the atmosphere, it’s plain that such emissions are dangerous and harmful for humans. Unfortunately, there’re no global or deep studies, which can shed the light upon this particular problem because, again, fast urbanization and consumption burst happened very fast, almost on intuitive levels making people buy once unavailable motor transport. Now, cities are choking up with four-wheeled transportation vehicles and exhaust gases which they emit.
To fully understand the real scale of the existing problem, it is enough to learn that in 2010, the city of New York had emitted more than fifty-four million tons of CO2 in the atmosphere apart from other combustion products such as nitrous oxide, carbon dioxide, aldehydes, benzopyrene and sulfur. All these chemical compounds with CO2 lower the life quality and damage the health of the local population. And it’s not only exhaust gases, produced by local transport.
Factories, heating engines, municipal facilities, conditioning and heating systems, power plant and many other urban objects emit such chemical and toxic substances.
People can live and cope with such emission if they’re located in the country. But big cities keep the smog, exhaust gases and other combustion products within their limits because of the architecture planning and artificial barriers such as tall buildings, skyscrapers and housing developments. Also, extensive and excessive use of motored transport won’t let the air to be cleaned and refreshed during the nighttime. As the result, people are stuck in a hazardous and smothery environment.
Many researches and studies were taken during the past decades to study how the polluted and filled with smog air affects human health. They have found that extensive emissions of CO2 and other combustion products affect human health on different levels from sleep deprivation and migraines to cancer development and tumors.
The reason for such illnesses lies in the very nature of those toxic substances. Those chemical compounds among with dust and micro-particles of litter penetrate the human’s respiratory system and entrails through the air, water and food. Those particles are so small that they can even penetrate blood vessels, being distributed then across the whole organism through the bloodstream system. Chemical compounds penetrate our bodies the same way.
We breathe them in day by day, not realizing that this reduces our lifetime by ages. The studies have shown that these microelements destroy our internal organs, mucous membranes, nerve endings, damage the respiratory system and reduce brain activity.
A few years ago, Spanish scientists have conducted a study that was aimed to explore how exhaust gases and emissions affect newborns and their mothers. The study has shown that the newborns whose mothers have lived in densely populated areas with polluted air have shown lower cognitive abilities down to four-year age. Also, they weighted thirty percent less than their siblings from low-populated areas with cleaner air.
Medical researches, based on the statistic studying of medical data of thousands of people who live in dense-populated countries with highly-polluted air such as India, South-Eastern Asia and Pakistan have shown that extreme pollution with exhaust gases and combustion products reduces human’s lifetime for two years and causes numerous chronic diseases during the whole lifetime. More serious pollution with factory emissions, coal-fired power plants exhaust gases and traffic emissions can reduce human life up for ten years.
Poor air quality, factory and traffic air pollution reduce human life very much. There’re many sources of air pollution nowadays and it is barely possible to avoid all of them. People get sick and that’s why we need to find a way to clean the air around us as fast as possible to keep the grown population and our descendants from negative effects of air pollution.
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