The World Health Organization has made recent discoveries that have caused them concern about air pollution. They have recently announced that the detrimental amount of air pollution in the Earth’s environment is now proven to cause lung cancer, a discovery made by the World Health Organization’s Agency for Research on Cancer.
The World Health Organization has determined that air pollution is now known to be the leading cause of lung cancer and cited that air pollution “caused at least 223,000 deaths in the year 2010, alone.”
This discovery has caused the organization to press the need to reduce air pollution from emissions such as transportation, industrial, agricultural emissions, and more.
While the World Health Organization is concerned with air pollution causing lung cancer many other organizations are working to prove that air pollution also causes increased allergies, as well as, the increase of infectious diseases.
The Environmental Defense Fund shows that tick-borne Lyme disease is easier to spread with warmer climates. They also believe that rising water temperatures increase the spread of Cholera.
But this recent cause for health concern is not the first time the world has seen concern over the effects of air pollution.
In fact, over the last several decades the world has seen several scientists voice their concerns over the effects of air pollution to global warming, a statement that many humans have always believed to be a fallacy.
The evidence is, however, clear that the environmental effects of air pollution come in spades and now with the World Health Organization making the link between air pollution and lung cancer, should we humans also be concerned over the amount of pollution in the air?
As mentioned, it is believed that global warming is caused by air pollution with the evidence being a rise in sea level, warmer climates and overall temperature rise each year, more violent weather, and longer drought periods. This evidence alone did cause concern for many in the world.
Though even after the cause for global warming became a concern people everywhere continued to utilize the resources that caused air pollution, while showing little concern for the damaging effects (something that we are all a little guilty of).
But now that the concern of air pollution is taking a toll on everyone’s health the World Health Organization is not the only entity that has taken notice.
In recent news China has now offered a reward to six of its regions for lowering the air pollution. These regions are believed to have the highest amount of air pollution: Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, Shanxi, Shandong, and inner Mongolia. Among these areas are the top coal-producing areas causing a large amount of air pollution. The award is said to be given at the end of the year and amounts to 5 billion yuan ($816.91 million U.S. dollars).
It is believed that other countries are also looking to come up with a solution for lowering the amount of pollution in their region.
While global warming and health effects seem to be the major concerns of worldly organizations and nations, some are still not concerned enough to take measures against air pollution, but content from the Environmental Defense Fund push humans to be concerned with air pollution by using their economic situation to catch their attention.
That’s right! Air pollution not only damages the environment and the health of humans but can also damage the size of their wallets!
With air pollution and all of its direct effects also comes some indirect effects that control the economic situation. Rising temperatures and longer drought periods cause the inflation of food prices, as crops are fewer. Stronger and more frequent storms cause insurance prices to skyrocket (as many in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Georgia have recently discovered after flooding from Tropical Storm Karen). The lack of cold winters causes beetles to destroy trees, for less deforestation. Rising water temperatures can also damage the amount of fish production in the ocean. Finally, rising health problems cause health insurance and doctors bills to rise and also cause the need to visit the doctor more frequently to cost more in the long run.
While the World Health Organization is working to provide health research on the effects of air pollution, the Environmental Protection Agency and other organizations are working to slow global warming, and countries are working individually to reduce air pollution in their areas, there are many measures that every person can take in order to do their part on helping the environment, increasing their health, and protecting their wallets.
The Environmental Protection Agency offers a long list of measures that everyone can take, individually, to reduce the amount of air pollution that they cause. Some of these include regular maintenance on their cars, using energy star appliances, switching some products to solar energy, and recycling. People can also plant more trees in their yards, as trees reduce the amount of air pollution and provide shade from heat. These simple solutions can make a big difference.
The American Lung Association offers ways to get healthy air at home, at school, at work, and outdoors.
People can also visit a variety of resources to learn more about air pollution such as websites by the World Health Organization, the Environmental Protection Agency, and even the website airnow.gov which gives daily forecasts on the amount of pollution in each area.
Written by: Crystal Boulware