Almost everywhere in the world people are exposed to unhealthy levels of air pollution. The air quality can no longer be called healthy anywhere. New studies show that poor air quality is far more harmful to humans than was long believed.
Air pollution appears to be harmful to public health even in smaller quantities. Long-term contact with and inhalation of particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide and carbon, among other things, causes cardiovascular diseases, respiratory diseases and even lung cancer.
New recommended values
Following these new insights, the World Health Organization (WHO) has lowered recommended limits for six air pollutants. In total, according to the WHO, 7 million people worldwide die prematurely every year from its effects, which would be comparable to the deadly effects of smoking and obesity.
This involves a considerable tightening up, especially when it comes to pollution by nitrogen dioxide, a substance that is released during combustion processes, such as from a moving car. In the new advice, the values for nitrogen dioxide and superfine particles in particular are much lower. A cubic meter of air may only contain 10 micrograms of nitrogen dioxide, 15 micrograms of particulate matter and 5 micrograms of superfine particles to be considered healthy.
The previous standard was 40 micrograms of nitrogen dioxide per cubic meter. The new advice is intended to reduce the number of deaths from air pollution.
Better health through cleaner air
Settled (fine) dust can be found not only outside, but also inside buildings. This puts opening a window for ‘fresh air’ in a different perspective. Large amounts of unhealthy particulate matter are also introduced into schools and companies close to industrial estates or highways.
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