Climate change is now starting to affect us all, only the most short sighted climate change deniers can’t see whats happening around them.
The climate is changing around us and this is affecting the air that we breathe. Climate change is not just about temperature change. There are also changes in humidity, clouds and precipitation as well as wind, all of which directly affect the air quality around us.
Air quality is affected by many things; emissions, winds (moving the air around), chemistry (temperature and humidity) and rain. Changes in these processes and conditions make a tangible difference to the weather we experience day to day and on the climate on a global scale.
The increase in temperature caused by global warming is making the climate more stagnant due to a weaker global circulation and a decreasing frequency of mid-latitude cyclones. The surface ozone and temperature in polluted regions has a detrimental effect of warming. This will increase summertime surface ozone in polluted regions, with the largest effects in urban areas which means we will see more cases of smog and heavy pollution.
World-wide Air Quality Monitoring Data Coverage
“In February 2017, real-time Air Quality information is available for than 9000 stations in 800 major cities from 70 countries, thanks to the huge effort from the world EPAs (Environmental Protection Agencies)
There are currently more than 20,000 known air quality monitoring stations in the world, out of which more than 9,000 are published on the World Air Quality Index project. In order to keep a high level on consistency, only stations with particulate matter (PM2.5/PM10) readings are published. The AQI standard for every single published station is based on the US EPA Instant-Cast standard.
The data published on the World Air Quality Index is real-time and therefore unvalidated at the time of publication. However, in order to ensure high level of accuracy for each AQI figures, several machine learning processing solution are used. For instance, data consistency is verified, in real-time, with the neighbor stations, allowing to automatically detect defective monitoring stations, and remove them, if needed, from the map”.
Air Quality forecast in Asia (http://aqicn.org/forecast/asia/)
How does this effect your heath?
Well it’s as simple as it sounds, the more pollution in the air the more poison you’re taking in with every breath. Pollutants including nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter from road traffic and sulphur dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels. These pollutants cause a number of nasty diseases and conditions such as asthma, heart disease and the onset of type 2 diabetes and suppressed lung growth in children. The exposure of pregnant women to air pollution has also been found to affect fetal brain growth.
What can you do?
1, Reduce vehicle emissions
- Motor vehicles are a major contributor to smog, especially in large urban areas where traffic is heavy.
- Traffic can contribute to smog year-round, even in the winter.
2. Burning fossil fuels
- Burning wood for home heating is a leading cause of smog in the wintertime.
3. Save energy
- Solar power
- Energy saving home initiatives such as Smart Meters
- Support renewable energy where you can
How can I find out about my local Air Quality?
Visit Worldwide Air Quality
This brilliant interactive live data map will show you the air quality in your city.