What is Air Quality?

Photo of Bad Air QualityAre you trying to find out exactly what is air quality? If so, the best place to start is by assessing how is the air in your personal environment?

If the environment has air that is clean, clear and pollutant free, then the quality of your air is good.

However, if the environment is contaminated with particles from smoke, dust, allergens, pet dander, smog, gaseous substance or chemicals, then the quality of air in the environment is degraded and can impact your health.

Unfortunately, even though the air may look clear and good, most indoor and outdoor spaces actually have bad air quality.

The quality of air is measured by rating a vast number of pollution signals. Clean air is required to preserve a livable life on earth for all plants, animals and humans. This makes keeping air pollution at bay and far from reaching high concentrations extremely important for human health and the health of plants and animals.

How Air Quality is Degraded

Pollution is emitted into the air from multiple types of sources. This includes both natural and man-made causes.

Natural sources of pollution come from situations like volcanic eruptions, dust from windstorms, pollen from plants and trees, and pet dander from cats and dogs.

Man-made pollution sources come from things like automobile exhaust, coal powered plants, aerosol sprays, paint and chemical fumes, burning wood or other material in open air.

Sometimes indoor air quality can be just as bad as or worse than the air outside. Properly filtering pollutants from your indoor atmosphere will improve the overall quality of your air.

Examples of indoor pollutants are:

  • Smoke
  • Mold
  • Dust
  • Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
  • and any number of potential gases

How to better Improve Our Air Quality?

There are many ways which we can make our overall air quality better for us and future generations to come.

Handling Transportation Emissions

Dealing with automobile emission should be the first priority when attempting to improve the overall quality of the planet’s air worldwide.

Reducing the overall number of automobiles on the road and the use of more ecofriendly vehicles would help to cut help cut down on the overall emission output. Making public transportation more accessible and improving road conditions can also help reduce traffic and the emissions produce by exhaust.

Air pollution can also be reduced by the reduction of speed limits to use less fuel to travel the same distance. Getting drivers into electric or hybrid cars would work the same as getting a gas burning car off the road.

Introducing restricted access roads and bypassing traffic around congested areas would also burn fuels in a more effective way.

Reducing Industrial Emissions

Big industry is another concern for air pollution.

Industrial factories and plants are the largest sources of air pollution since they emit extremely high amounts of pollutants every day.

Due to these airborne toxins, the planet has seen rapid increases in acid rain, ozone depletion, global warming and industrial burning. Regulation by national agencies such as the EPA are needed to keep industrial emissions at bay with large scale goals of emission reduction.

Pollution consuming nano-particle devices can offer an effective way to reduce air pollution caused by industrial installations by absorbing and destroying the toxic emissions. Devices to control emissions available for use include precipitators, particulate hand scrubbers, and bag-houses.

Overall, the use of clean renewable green energy is really the most cost effective system available for improving the airs overall quality across the entire world.

Establish Plans for Clean Air Policies

Action for cleaner air and overall better environment should be a top priority both locally and nationally.

To make possible the goals for better overall air quality worldwide, each nation and state without regulations on air quality should be instructed to devise a plan of action for maintaining a quality air environment in their zone or jurisdiction.

Implementation of worldwide cleaner air policies are needed to bring the whole world’s air supply to a united single standard, instead of each location deciding its own acceptable levels of what constitutes healthy air quality or not.

Conclusion

It’s obvious that the sources, causes and impacts of air quality are all linked together and something must be done in all areas in order to have the most impact.

While we may not be able to reduce the amount or number of times that natural sources of air pollution occur, we can certainly scale back on man-made causes. More efficient automobile exhaust systems, less production of aerosol and chemical sprays in cans, and limitations on what types of materials are deemed allowable for burning is a good start.

Stricter regulations on major pollution producing industries would also make a major impact on the quality of air everyone breathes. Additional tax benefits and savings on green energy solutions should be a priority for local and national governments in order to accelerate the rate of adopting these practices.