Study finds if things don’t change, it’s going to become harder to breathe

Study finds if things don't change, it's going to become harder to breathe

 

The people of the world need to make more of a commitment to reducing pollution, before the majority of individuals are subjected to degraded air quality. That was the message behind a study recently published in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, which found that most of the world's population will be exposed to heavily-polluted air by 2050 if toxic emissions are not reduced. These findings highlight the need for natural detox products that aim to help the body fight off toxic substances in the environment.

Phys.org reported on the study, which found that within the next 40 years, the average person will experience air pollution on a similar level to what today's average East Asian citizen is exposed to.

More needs to be done

Lead researcher Andrea Pozzer, of the Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics in Italy, and her colleagues set out to determine what would happen if emission trends continue and no new plans are implemented to stop climate change and reduce pollution. They discovered that the average world citizen will be breathing in significantly more polluted air than they currently do by 2050, if nothing drastic is done to reduce the amount of toxins that are released in the air.

The researchers referred to the proposed future in their study as the "business as usual" scenario.

"Strong actions and further effective legislation are essential to avoid the drastic deterioration of air quality, which can have severe effects on human health. We show that further legislation to control and reduce man-made emissions is needed, in particular for eastern China and northern India, to avoid hot-spots of elevated air pollution," said Pozzer, quoted by the news source.

According to the findings, eastern China, northern India, the Middle East, and North Africa are projected to have the world's poorest air quality in the future.

What improvements can be made?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency states that there are two types of man made pollution: Mobile and stationary. Mobile sources are cars, boats, airplanes and most other forms of transportation, while stationary sources are things such as power plants and industrial facilities.

This suggests that the best ways to improve the projected future of air quality is to put stronger regulations on plants and factories and to encourage people to use alternative forms of transportation.