How Air Pollution Affects Your Health
Air pollution exposure has been identified to be the root cause of long-term physical ailments such as asthma, abnormal lung growth, cardiovascular diseases, brain development damage and diabetes.
All over the world, air pollution is the leading cause of premature death to more than 5.5 Million people. That number is more that HIV/Aids and Malaria-related death cases reported.
But how does air pollution really affect us?
Every day, we are exposed to harmful pollutants from road traffic such as nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter, as well as sulfur dioxide that comes from burning fossil fuels. The combination of these elements has been linked to limited growth in infants and children, and asthma, heart disease and diabetes for adults. In fact, pregnant women who are constantly exposed to air pollution has been found to affect fetal brain growth and development.
Unfortunately, this situation is unavoidable. In Hong Kong, air pollution from motor vehicles, marine vessels, power plants and local steel pollution is a reality that all residents live with.
Main Air Pollutants
Source: Fossil fuels, Power Stations
Source: High concentration in road traffic, indoor gas cookers
Ozone (Ground Level)
Source: chemical reactions – natural, traffic and industrial pollution to sunlight
Particulate Matter (PM)
Source: road traffic, dirt and dust from vehicles
Metals (Lead, Mercury, Arsenic)
Source: emissions from iron and steel factories
Suppress normal growth in children. Rapid lung function decline. Lung cancer and asthma
Type 2 diabetes in adults
Affect fetal brain growth, mental and physical development in children, cognition in adults
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