Air pollution in many of the worlds cities is breaching guidelines set by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Its survey of 1,600 cities in 91 countries revealed that nearly 90% of people in urban centres breathe air that fails to meet levels deemed safe.The WHO says that about half of the world's urban population is exposed to pollution at least 2.5 times higher than it recommends.Air quality was poorest in Asia, followed by South America and Africa.
Its survey of 1,600 cities in 91 countries revealed that nearly 90% of people in urban centres breathe air that fails to meet levels deemed safe.
The WHO says that about half of the world's urban population is exposed to pollution at least 2.5 times higher than it recommends.
Air quality was poorest in Asia, followed by South America and Africa.
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I live next to a major east-west Interstate highway. I'm already on death's door no doubt from all that diesel exhaust and tire dust put out by all the traffic.
Cough, cough ... cough cough. I wonder if itâ€˜s worth investing in an air filter. Cough cough cough cough. Sneeze.
Don't despair, the economic activity after the coming war will be so low that the air will be squeaky clean, albeit a bit radioactive.
Well, that is a positive. A pleasant prospect to look forward to.
Yes, the future will be bright. Possibly even glowing.
There's an interactive smog simulator [marketplace.org] that simulates the appearance of large US cities at various Air Quality Indices.
So, imagine the air is clean.Do you want to go jogging? Go buy a pair of shoes every few years. Maybe sit outside at a restaurant and enjoy the day..Now imgine that the air is really bad.You need to buy house filters, masks, house cleaner, car wash, car filters, doctor visits, cancer treatments, radiation equipment, hospital stuff, vacations far away, early burial services....If you were poor, that's a wash (see that broken window thing). But if you had disposable income that you, evil person, were planning on saving (especially abroad), thank God pollution made sure you didn't bog down our economy by stuffing your mattress.Bonus: the extra growth you created will create more pollution! It's a virtuous cycle!
Data can be found on this page [who.int] (linked from article) in this spreadsheet [who.int]. Only PM10 and PM2.5 are included (PM = Particulate Matter). Carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, nitrous oxide, and ozone are other common pollutants not reported here that could also give a city "unsafe air quality".
Although high income regions have on average much better air quality than lower income regions, still 105 out of 379 reported U.S. cities exceed the safe limit for PM2.5. This is an annual average so even more cities (probably a significant fraction) will have at least one unsafe day. So be careful where and when you breathe!
Fuck that shit. I ain't breathing.
I got a flyer at work saying that a few blocks will be shut down for a couple of days to spare the air. What's funny is there are a few crossfit gyms that do a lot of their workouts by the street inhaling all that crap.
What's funny is there are a few crossfit gyms that do a lot of their workouts by the street inhaling all that crap.
The real crap is not just the stuff next to a street. The small stuff (2um) floats everywhere. Close to street only has a bit more large particulates, but small stuff, that's everywhere.
Wondering if this peak oil is real?maybe them buried oil-buckets are running dry and whatthey're pumping out now is the "junk" that has settled to the bottomover million of years?put that in a vehicle and it runs but with horrible pollution?
I've just attended the funeral of a young friend who died at home in the presence of family from a sudden fatal asthma attack.
Many of us aren't aware that an attack can be fatal. As air pollution increases, there will be more such attacks.If you suffer from this condition and are feeling worse than usual, please get to your local emergency room. If you do have a bad attack, you are in the best place to get help.
Maybe if more people become aware and take as many precautions as possible, the mortality rate will go down. There has been some research on this recently, and it appears that sadly the majority of deaths are preventable. More education is needed.