Keeping the air clean is important in order to ensure that your health remains healthy and the environment is protected. There are various sources of pollution, including smoke from burning coal and other industrial sources. Here are a few of the ways you can reduce the impact of air pollution on your health and the environment.
Whether you live in a state where wildfires are common or if you’re not, you need to be aware of how to prevent fires due to air pollution in forests. These fires are a major cause of global air pollution, and they pose a threat to human health.
In the United States, the US Forest Service estimates that 7.5 million acres of land were lost to wildfires in 2017, up from 4.5 million acres in 2006. Federal expenditures on wildfire management rose from 15 percent of the agency’s budget in 2011 to more than 50 percent in 2017.
These fires are also responsible for causing greenhouse gas emissions, which are a contributor to climate change. In addition to their role in contributing to global air pollution, these fires also play an ecological role in some ecosystems.
Phyto-sensor is a digital tool to reduce air pollution
Phyto-sensor is a digital tool designed to help you plan your own air quality garden. The tool will tell you which plants are likely to produce the best results, and which ones to avoid. The tool also includes tips for maintaining your new green oasis. In the long run, your efforts will reap rewards.
The best part about Phyto-sensor is that the information it presents is free, and your hard earned money isn’t at risk. In fact, the tools are a collaboration between Citizen Sense and the Museum of London. During a workshop in March, participants were able to see a demonstrator garden of air quality plants in action.
The Phyto-sensor tool is most likely the first of many digital tools to be produced by the citizen scouts of the future.
Public health impacts
Various studies have been conducted in India to assess the public health impacts of air pollution. These studies have shown that air pollution increases the risk of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and COVID-19 infection.
In South East Asia, a large proportion of the population is exposed to local pollution. In addition, the population in these areas is exposed to regional smoke from seasonal forest fires. The World Health Organization estimates that 26% of ambient air pollution deaths occurred in 2012 in these regions.
According to the Global Burden of Disease Study, air pollution was ranked sixth in the world’s overall burden of disease, with over three million people being killed annually. The WHO report emphasizes the importance of long-term effects of air pollution. It recommends that PM2.5 and PM10 should be assessed for their potential for harm.
Among the top threats to plant ecosystems are ground-level ozone and other air pollutants. Ozone affects plants by entering the leaf openings and oxidizing plant tissue. This damages the leaves and needles of trees. In addition, it reduces plant growth rates and inhibits photosynthesis.
Several studies have looked at the effects of ozone on plants. Some studies have shown no effect, while others have found a reduction in photosynthesis. Using simple regression models, scientists have been able to estimate how ozone affects vegetation.
Some researchers have also looked at how ozone and other pollutants impact microbes. These microbes are critical for helping trees resist disease and use water. In the case of ozone, exposure may decrease the number of microbes in the root system.
Several studies have measured aluminum levels in soil and water. Other studies focus on specific soil types or areas. Most provinces and territories have obtained aluminum concentration data from monitoring programs.
Among the most popular research topics are the speciation of aluminum and the bioavailability of aluminum in drinking water. Although several methods of quantifying oral bioavailability are available, the simplest and least invasive is a comparison of intake with urinary excretion. A study by Turmel and Courchesne (2007) measured aluminum and total recoverable aluminum (TRAL) in a surface soil near a zinc plant. The TRAL was estimated to be 16.5 to 18.5 mg/kg dw.
Some of the studies used a mathematical model to estimate aluminum concentrations in effluents and wastewater. The model assumed that gibbsite was a controlling phase, and estimated that aluminum concentrations could be augmented by alum and PAC residuals.