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A vicious cycle that can be stopped: air pollution and global warming

Update: 2019-12-26 16:41 Source: LUFTMY

In the past 20 years, we have experienced the hottest year on record, 14 years to be exact. The weather has also been doing strange things, with evidence of melting ice caps and rising sea levels. All this proves global warming, also known as global climate change. The composition of the earth's atmosphere is changing, and the increase of greenhouse gases is causing changes in weather, climate and other factors. In addition to posing a threat to our ecosystem, ozone and particulate matter (two major factors contributing to global warming) pose a significant health risk to the population.

Ozone is a greenhouse gas that causes health problems and climate change. In the upper atmosphere, it can protect us from harmful ultraviolet rays, but too much will aggravate global warming. In turn, the impact of global warming increases the level of ozone in the air, which leads to air pollution. Therefore, it is a positive feedback loop of increasing bad air days and global temperature. On the surface, ozone is a harmful pollutant, usually called smog. When the combustion products (NOx and CO) interact with sunlight and the temperature increases, the concentration increases. High levels of ozone can cause a variety of health problems, including asthma, lung inflammation and other respiratory and cardiovascular diseases.

Another factor contributing to climate change is particulate matter or particulate pollution. It can come from a variety of sources, including sandstorms, construction sites and the burning of fossil fuels. Particulate pollution increases snow melting and cloud activity, which in turn affects global warming. Global warming also causes more particles to remain in the air, which is another positive feedback loop. Particulate pollution causes a wide range of health problems. It can aggravate allergies in the form of hay fever, increase asthma attacks, cause strokes, heart attacks and other respiratory and cardiovascular problems, and even lead to cancer.

The relationship between air pollution and global warming is a vicious circle. The increase of ozone and particulate matter will lead to the increase of global temperature, which will lead to more pollutants suspended in the air. As a result of human activities, higher temperatures will also lead to more pollutants entering the air. When we increase the use of air conditioning because of the hot weather, the increased power consumption leads to more pollution (Environmental Protection Agency). Driving our cars results in more pollutants and smoke. The solution must start with us looking for cleaner sources of fuel and cleaner lifestyles.

You might ask, why is this important? In addition to the myriad health problems caused by air pollution and global warming, the environment and society we are used to will also be affected. Global warming causes more wildfires, which not only destroys habitats, but also increases air pollution and haze. Global climate change has also led to an increase in storms and heat waves, affecting the quality of our lives. Climate change will also affect the growth of crops and subsequent food supply. It is important to take action now to reduce air pollution that affects global warming in order to prevent health problems and environmental damage.

The simplest action we can take is to reduce emissions. Greenhouse gas emissions (including ozone and particulate matter) come from the burning of fossil fuels, especially automobiles. Reducing the use of cars will reduce local air pollution and help slow down the process of global warming. Reducing other forms of combustion, such as coal-fired power plants, can make a big difference, but it requires the efforts of the whole society, not just the efforts of individuals. These actions will lead to less haze, less wildfires and a healthier population in the future. At the same time, using a breeze meter to avoid haze and other air pollution will help you and your family's safety!

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