"Most large cities in the world have increased air pollution from Transport. What approach should be taken to tackle this issue"CHARLOTTE VICKERY
I will be discussing the positive and negative effects of air pollution from large cities. I will look at different points of view, from both reliable and unreliable sources, as well as possible solutions to this problem.
The top ten most air polluted cities are all in Less economically Developed countries.
Road traffic contributes 76% of pollution into the air, and 99% in large cities like London, 99%.
Air pollution has MANY negative effects to our environment.
air pollution particles in our atmosphere can damage our crops and contaminate our water, which will effect us, our health, and economy.
Increasing Carbon Dioxide levels has been linked to rising temperatures and Global Warming. Which leads to melting ice caps, rising sea levels and flooding. So this is a very big issue.
AIR POLLUTION ALSO BRINGS MANY HEALTH ISSUES TO US, FROM SHORT-TERM ILLNESSES LIKE BRONCHITIS, TO LONG-TERM EFFECTS LIKE LUNG CANCER.
I have also read two recent articles using data from 2016 to link air pollution to dementia.
They both concluded that people living near high-trafficked areas will be more likely to develop dementia than those not.
So this is all the more reason to start reducing air pollution around the world.
Especially now that in December 2016, the World Health Organization confirmed that 92% of the world's urban population live in cities where the air is toxic.
SO HOW CAN WE IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF OUR AIR?
Carbon footprint suggest planting trees,
But Being Energy efficient and using less electricity in our own homes will not only reduce our carbon emissions, but will save us plenty of money. We as individuals can also reduce carbon emmisions from traffic.
The less Cars on the road, the less Carbon Dioxide will be emitted into our atmosphere. Car sharing or using public transport will reduce the amount of cars on the road as well as walking and cycling.
This is the solution that I chose to show in my collage: