5 Facts You Should Know About Air Pollution & Air Quality

tegan-mierle-ioyEITUD2G8-unsplash-minAir pollution is something that everyone has to deal with. Air pollution is everywhere in big cities or rural areas.

We can find it in our air, but several factors impact air quality. There are various types of air pollution, and some are much worse than others.

The good news is that there are many things that you can do to improve the air quality around you. It includes knowing the facts about air pollution and its impacts.
Here are five things that you should know about air pollution and air quality:

1. How Do We Measure Air Quality?

Air pollution is measured on a scale of 0-10. Zero is the best rating for air quality, and 10 is the worst.
For example, if your area is rated at zero, there is no air pollution. If the air quality is between one and two, that is a moderate amount of air pollution.

If the air quality is between three and four, that is a high amount of air pollution. If it is between five and six, that is considered medium-high levels of air pollution; if it is above seven, that is regarded as a very high amount of air pollution.

2. What Causes Air Pollution?

There are several different air pollutants, including particulate matter, ozone, and nitrogen dioxide. The primary source of pollution for air is combustion, also known as fossil fuel combustion.

Carbon monoxide is also a type of air pollutant. It is formed when there is incomplete combustion of fossil fuels. Coal, oil, and gasoline are some of the most common sources of carbon monoxide.

3. Does Air Pollution Cause Health Problems?

Air pollution can cause health problems, including heart disease, stroke, lung disease, and cancer.

According to the American Lung Association, people living in areas with high air pollution are 50% more likely to develop asthma. They also are much more likely to have frequent chest infections, wheezing, and breathing problems.

4. Does Air Quality Have an Effect On Human Life?

Yes, it does!

Some people who live in polluted areas have respiratory problems and shortness of breath. People also have to pay more money for their health insurance.

Children in these areas are also at an increased risk for asthma and other respiratory illnesses. They may also be at an increased risk for cancer and cardiovascular diseases.

5. Is There Anything That we Can do To Improve Air Quality?

Yes, We can do several things to improve air quality.

One of the best ways is to reduce the use of fossil fuels.

Another is to increase the use of electric vehicles.

You can also turn down your heating and air conditioning systems.

  • 1. Air pollution has been linked to various health problems. The World Health Organization has listed it as a significant threat to human health.
    2. Air pollution is bad for plants. It causes leaves and other parts of the plant to grow abnormally.
    3. Air pollution can lead to respiratory problems. Children, older people, and people with asthma are most at risk.
    4. Air pollution can cause heart problems. It increases the chances of strokes, heart attacks, and irregular heartbeats.
    5. Air pollution can cause lung cancer. It’s one of the leading causes of cancer deaths.


In conclusion, we can all agree that the air we breathe is essential to our health and the environment. But we often overlook that the air we breathe is also the air we breathe to other people. When exposed to polluted air, our atmosphere is no longer the same. We breathe in the air that others are living. So, when we are in the presence of people exposed to air pollution, we are also told about it. That is why we must be aware of the air quality in our area.


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