What are the Long Term Benefits of Cleaner Air?

by Tanya September 18, 2020

Air pollution has a negative impact on health.

At best, it can provoke pre-existing conditions such as asthma and irritate eyes.

At worst, it can cause lung cancer or trigger a fatal asthma attack.

Air pollution also kills plants by blocking the sunlight they need to live. Plants suck carbon dioxide from the air.

Animals can fall ill due to the same diseases that humans get from breathing in polluted air. With fewer plants, animals have less to eat and lost habitat.

This means that there are fewer predators of pests, such as rats, which also presents problems to public health.

It is apparent that the air we breathe needs to be cleaner.

1. Cleaner air improves overall health

Even short term exposure to air pollution can cause health problems beyond triggering an asthma attack.

If the air was cleaner, fewer children would go on to develop asthma in the first place.

It can reduce life expectancy in people susceptible to strokes and heart problems. According to the World Health Organisation, air pollution reduces life expectancy. In 2013, it resulted in 5.5 million deaths.

2. Your hyper-local air affects you directly

Most people are willing to improve the quality of the air they breathe in once they know that they can.

Airly provides data about the air quality in your local area. It allows you to see real-time pollution levels from where you are to where you want to go. You can also see how much does your short car ride affects the air in your area.

Airly users report that they are less likely to get into their car when they can see the damage their vehicle makes to the air. Additionally, cleaner air will bring back all the sad plants and trees in your area, improving the air even more.

3. Cleaner air boosts brain function

The brain needs oxygen to work. With improved air quality, the brain can work faster with quicker reflexes. Clean air can delay the cognitive decline that happens in old age and keep us active and alert for longer.

Clean air can improve moods and make thinking clearer. Clean air can even reduce the physical appearance of ageing.

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