Life Killing Air Pollution and Measures To Stop it. Last Part!
In the previous article, I have discussed air pollution, its causes and the solutions taken by some authorities. For those who have not read its first part are requested to read the first part to have an idea about what I have discussed earlier. To read its first part, click HERE
Now I will discuss further more steps which government should take to reduce air pollution from our cities and make our earth and life of our future generations safe.
The entrance of Trucks:
The government has banned the entrance of trucks into the cities until 11 pm in the night because the biggest cause of particulate matter in the atmosphere is these trucks. It is better to transport sand, soil, cement and other construction materials in the closed containers rather than in an open container. This will also reduce air pollution.
Here is the picture of truck emitting a large amount of smoke and heat.
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Factories and Waste Material:
Factories should be informed about the safety measures to prevent air pollution and they must be forced to implement these safety measures. The waste material should not be burnt or thrown into the open land rather it should be recycled and used for making of fertilizers and electricity.
Use of HCFCs:
What are HCFCs?
Hydrochlorofluorocarbons, commonly known as HCFCs, are a group of man-made compounds containing hydrogen, chlorine, fluorine and carbon. They are not found anywhere in nature. HCFCs are used for refrigeration, aerosol propellants, foam manufacture and air conditioning in place of CFCs
Hydro-chloro-fluoro-carbons (HCFCs) should be used in the air conditioning (AC) systems instead of chloro-fluoro-carbons (CFCs) because HCFCs destroys the ozone layer 95 times less than the CFCs. The remaining 5 percent is also a big factor because nowadays, ACs are installed in all the homes.
Here is the video how CFCs deplete the ozone layer.
Covering of Constructional Sites:
Constructional sites should be covered so that air pollution can be controlled and an accident can be avoided. Though it is difficult and costly to cover the constructional site but, not more important than our earth where we have to live along with our generations.
Use of Cycle
Use of cycle should be promoted in children and all the places where it can be used. This will also reduce air pollution and saves more fuel and money. By driving a cycle, our body parts do some physical work and our health along with fitness will also get better. If a cyclist daily covers 4 miles of a distance to go to the office and returns back on the cycle then he saves 900 kilograms of carbon dioxide from releasing into the atmosphere. Thus every cyclist is a well-wisher of a country.
Here are the furthermore benefits of cycling in this video.
In case, if there is a lot of air pollution, then the government should shower the artificial rain of the cloud of silver iodide to clean the air. This method is being used in China. Even in the Olympic Games held in China, artificial rain was showered before the start of games.
A law should be made in which it should be mandatory to have a specific number of trees around the house of an individual and that individual should be held responsible to maintain that number. A law should be made in which the trees coming in the path of roads and all the construction work should not be cut down rather than they should be shifted to another site. In this regard, government help could be taken.
Tree planting competition should be held at the district level and prizes should be given to promote the tree plantation.
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What Should the Public do?
Methods to clean the internal air of home and office.
What is ventilation?
Ventilation is the intentional introduction of ambient air into a space and is mainly used to control indoor air quality by diluting and displacing indoor pollutants; it can also be used for purposes of thermal comfort or dehumidification. The correct introduction of ambient air will help to achieve desired indoor comfort levels although the measure of which varies from individual to individual.
To increase the ventilation of air, only the opening of windows and doors is not enough because external toxic air will begin to come into the home. There is a simple solution to this problem. Trickle vents should be installed on the doors and windows. Trickle Vents are tilted things which stop the heavy particles to enter the room. In this way, the clean air gets mixed with the internal clean air of the room.
A good ventilated room must look like this.
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Natural Air Conditioning:
When we see overbilling of electricity, not to turn on the AC seems to be a good idea. Open all the windows and doors to let the air into the room from outside. But, there is no clean air outside. Now, what to do?
1. Use ceiling fan.
2. To stop the heat wave outside, use the technique of double glazing on the windows.
3. Reduce the use of machines which produce heat during their working, like heaters, generators, iron, geysers, android phones, tablets etc.
4. Plant a tree which cast a shadow on your house to lower the heat entering into the house.
Indoor Air Filters:
High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) is a mechanical filter. There is a thin net in it which filters the particles from the air. Normal AC can filter up to 10 microns air particles, but this HEPA filters can filter smaller than these particles like grains, the smoke of tobacco, chemical ingredients and dust etc. It comes in different sizes and can be used as central air conditioning unit according to the size of a room or in a portable form. It is available on AMAZON.COM.
Here is the image of HEPA filters.
Image Credits: http://www.kochfilter.com
Eradicate the Cause of Pollution:
Remove all the causes of pollution in your house like smoking, dust inside the curtains or carpets, paint, detergents, acid etc pollute the internal environment of a house. Put them away from your house as much as possible.
Now, what is beeswax?
Beeswax is a natural wax produced by honey bees of the genus Apis. The wax is formed into "scales" by eight wax-producing glands in the abdominal segments of worker bees, who discard it in or at the hive. Chemically, beeswax consists mainly of esters of fatty acids and various long-chain alcohols.
An ordinary candle is a petroleum product which gives toxic by-products of petroleum on burning and mixes into the air. The wax which we get from the honeycomb of bees is safe to use. The candle made from it is not only safe but also it ionizes the air and makes it clean from the toxic elements. It is economical as it burns more and melts less.
Here are few candles made up of beeswax.
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Himalayan Pink Salt Lamp:
The lamps made up Pink Himalayan Salt of are not only used for decoration but they also ionize the air and make it healthy. So take out the lamps which you have hidden in your store, clean it and take benefits from it.
Here is the picture of Himalayan Pink Salt Lamp.
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Its use in Pakistan is very less but in the fish aquarium, only charcoal is used instead of ordinary coal. Its filters can be bought from AMAZON.COM or from the home improvement shops in the big cities. It absorbs toxic materials in the air is full of oxygen.
Activated Charcoal looks like this.
Image Credits: http://vineveracosmetics.com
Bring the beautiful plants from your nearby nursery and place them in your homes, rooms, and offices. They are natural air cleaners like rubber plant, money plant or lady pam. This will not only clean the inside air of your house but also increases the beauty of your home along with the health of the people at your home.
Here is the sample of indoor plants.
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People must follow the three Rz which are
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Always throw the waste into the dustbin and make it your habit. Do not make the streets, cities, plains, and streams filthy.
Artificial Trees to Remove Air Pollution
A Dutch artist, Daan Roosegaarde, has designed such a tree or we can say that a tower which absorbs the toxic gases and carbon dioxide from the air and turns the absorbed carbon dioxide into diamonds and other precious stones. In this age, this device could be the best solution to remove air pollution and give us precious stones. This tower can clean air up to the distance of 30 thousand cubic meters in an hour using 1400 watts of power. This tower only cleans the air but do not produce oxygen like the natural trees and uses a lot of power but think about the clean air and the precious jewelry which can be obtained from it.
This is the real image of Daan Roosegaarde's Tower
Image Credits: http://aasarchitecture.com
China sells Fresh Air in the bottles
The problem of smog became serious in Beijing. A Canadian company decided to sell fresh air in the bottles just like mineral water. According to the company, they capture this air from the mountains with the help of pressure in the canes. They sell this air in the form of bottles of different sizes. The most successful size was Baanfair3 in which 3 liters of air was stored. A young man has a breathing speed of 12 to 20 breaths in a minute and there are only 80 breaths in this 3-liter bottle of air whose price is 19 dollars.
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Many of us are so lucky along with me that we are having a clean and clear atmosphere and there is not much air pollution. So we should value it and never contaminate our air through our activities rather we should try to plant more and more trees and also take care of them.