What is Climate Change?
It was not long time ago, that climate change wasn’t considered serious, but now we are seeing its effects in the shape of wildfires, heat waves, melting glaciers and what not. Climate is defined not only by average temperature and precipitation but also by the type, frequency, duration, and intensity of weather events such as heat waves, cold spells, storms, floods, and droughts. A change in climate is something that develops over longer periods of decades to centuries. Climate change has affected many aspects of our life, and one of the most fundamental aspects is the air we breathe
How is it affecting the air we breathe?
- Increased Air Pollutants:As global temperatures rise, various sources of air pollution are being exacerbated. Changing temperature and precipitation patterns contribute to the formation of ground-level ozone, a harmful air pollutant that can lead to respiratory issues Ground-level ozone (a key component of smog) is associated with many health problems, including diminished lung function, increased hospital admissions and emergency department visits for asthma, and increases in premature deaths.
- Increased Allergens :Changes in the frequency, intensity, and duration of extreme weather events due to climate change can lead to a higher concentration of allergenic plants, such as ragweed, producing more pollen. This means longer and more severe allergy seasons for many individuals, resulting in more frequent and intense respiratory symptoms.
- Increased wildfires:Wildfire smoke exposure increases acute (or sudden onset) respiratory illness, respiratory and cardiovascular hospitalizations, and medical visits for lung illnesses, mental health issues. With increased drought conditions , the frequency of wildfires is expected to increase.
- Spread of Vector-Borne Diseases:Changing climate patterns influence the distribution of disease-carrying vectors like mosquitoes and ticks. This leads to the expansion of diseases like West Nile virus and Lyme disease, which can affect respiratory health in severe cases.
- Poor Indoor Air Quality:Climate change indirectly affects indoor air quality as well. Extreme weather events and rising humidity can contribute to mold growth and increased indoor allergens, which can exacerbate respiratory issues.
- Vulnerable Populations at Risk:Those who are most vulnerable, including children, the elderly, and people with pre-existing respiratory conditions, pregnant women are immensely affected by deteriorating air quality.
Is there a solution to Climate Change? What can we do?
- Advocate for Change: Supporting policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions can have a positive impact on air quality and the climate.
- Choose Sustainable Practices: Reducing personal carbon footprint through sustainable transportation, energy-efficient appliances, and responsible consumption can collectively contribute to a cleaner environment.
- Check air quality alerts: Regularly monitoring air quality index and following local air quality advisories can help you make informed decisions about outdoor activities during times of poor air quality.
- Invest in Air Purification: Equipping your home and workspace with high-quality air purifiers such as AIRPURA can significantly improve indoor air quality, providing a safe haven from outdoor pollutants.
At Airpura, we understand that the air you breathe matters. Our state-of-the-art air purification systems are designed to combat the challenges posed by climate change, ensuring you and your loved ones have access to clean and breathable air. Together, let's work towards a healthier, more sustainable future, one breath at a time.