Air pollution and its impacts today

Air pollution over Shanghai China Source: NASA.gov

Ever since the industrial revolution, industrialization has led way to air pollution with the burning of fossil fuels. An EPA article indicates the current level of atmospheric orientations of carbon dioxide, methane, and oxide are unprecedented compared with the past 800,000 years. Air pollution currently claims 7 million lives globally which is many times higher than AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria combined and over 15 times higher than due to all of the wars and other forms of violence globally per year as mentioned in The Lancet Commission report on pollution and health. About 1.2 million lives were lost to air pollution in India alone as of 2017 and now the life expectancy of an average Indian is down by 2.6 years. Vice.com today published an article titled “These Photos Document the Most Polluted Cities in India (and the World)” documenting the most polluted cities in India and its effects.

In addition to the problem of air pollution globally, there is the issue of pollution that affects humans regionally and in a concentrated manner. A classic example of this is the “Asian Brown cloud which regionally ours as a result of environmental pollution which occurs seasonally at a very high concentration. This pollution generates a 10 million square kilometer haze covering countries including China, India, and Nepal.

On the World environment day, the United Nations released a campaign to make the citizens of the world aware of the dangers of air pollution and the dire need to beat pollution, and in the new release UN Secretary-General stated that action to fight climate change is “the battle of our lives”.