The Dangerous Effects of Pollution on Our Atmosphere and How You Can Help
Climate change is perhaps the world’s biggest threat, and our planets livelihood depends on our future actions. Entire ecosystems at our poles are withering due to increased global temperatures and wetland countries such a Bangladesh are consequently losing vast amounts of land. We at AeroHance take climate change seriously and understand it’s catastrophic implications.
Although climate change has many repercussions and culprits, this paper will highlight the most atmospherically impactful, as well as transcribe simple ways we all can live a more sustainable life. One such way, in which we elaborate, is embodying sustainable driving habits and making your car more aerodynamic. Our research shows that if 2% of the world’s drivers reduce their fuel consumption by just 5%, we can save 1.26 million metric tons of C02 from entering our atmosphere per year. Numbers like this iterate the importance of our actions and the sheer impact a slight change in habit can make.
Most Notable Effects of Climate Change
Depletion of the ozone layer
The ozone layer, located in the second level of our atmosphere, the stratosphere, is crucial to the health of our planet and its inhabitants. The ozone layer holds the greatest atmospheric concentration of trioxygen, a molecule made up of three oxygen atoms, and filters the sun’s harmful radiation from reaching our earth.
According to a recent case study, our stratospheric ozone has decreased around the entire global since 1979; the release of halogen gases containing chlorine and bromine are the principle destructive source. According to the Environmental Protect Agency (EPA) one chlorine atom can destroy over 100,000 ozone molecules!
Excess exposer to UV radiation has proven to cause skin cancer, slow crop growth, harm aquatic life, and hinder our earths amphibious species. With this said, healthy amounts of stratospheric ozone are essential to our planet’s livelihood.
However necessary in our stratosphere, ozone in the lower of part of our atmosphere is harmful to human health. Not a direct human pollutant, tropospheric ozone forms when other harmful molecules such as methane, nitric oxide and carbon dioxide interact with sunlight. According to the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC), long term exposer to ozone air pollution is linked to 1 million deaths per year and can cause severe respiratory issues! It is important to note that the transportation industry a leading source of these pollutants; sustainable driving habits and lowering your fuel consumption as a collective can greatly reduce the emissions of such gases.
Increased Risk of Severe Weather Patterns
The rise in global temperature induced by human activity has many negative consequences; among them, increased extreme weather patterns is perhaps the most direct and severe. Prolific droughts, heat waves, and wildfires are becoming more commonplace while hurricanes and precipitation events are intensifying (warmer air can hold more water) resulting in deadly floods. As enunciated by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), in the last 20 years billion-dollar extreme weather events are occurring more frequently and taking the lives many. According to a recent study, 9.4% of deaths between 2000 and 2019 were related to extreme weather patterns.
It is clear our actions have major consequences, which are only magnifying as we continue to pollute. Of course, we cannot fix everything with a click of a button, but by education, and a slight change in habit, we can make a big difference.
Substandard Air Quality and Related illnesses
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) air pollution accounts for 4.2 million deaths per year due to stroke, heart disease, long cancer, chronic respiratory disease, and other related illnesses. Although air quality has improved since 1980, resulting from actions to reduce and clean up air pollution, it can still greatly be improved. The increase of smog in urban areas is a direct result of human activity. You can help in many ways, yet we think the three below are the most impactful, nevertheless.
How You Can Help
Embody Sustainable driving habits
The transportation industry is currently the leading source of greenhouse gas emission from all industrial sectors! The reason why is not hard to visualize. Automotive transportation of people or consumer goods is essential in our daily lives’ and optimizing our driving habits is a great way to live more sustainably. Actions such as driving at an adequate speed, limiting fast accelerations and breaks, and turning off your AC are all proven ways to burn less fuel while driving. Not only does driving sustainably reduce your vehicle emissions, these habits are effortless to incorporate and can save you money.
Understand the Psychology of Sustainability
Understanding our psychology and how our brain formulates decisions can help us better encourage sustainable actions. As we spoke about in our article The Psychology of Sustainability: Why it is hard to make progress, humans typically avoid new behaviors if they are unsure how people will react, even if it is known to be beneficial to society. For example, using renewable food containers is logical; we know it is better for the environment, yet most people do not use them as they are not yet a social norm. Removing psychological barriers, showing direct social proof, and publicly recognizing sustainable behavior go a long way in reinforcing positive change. If you’re an advocate for social change, we encourage you to read more about the psychology of sustainably and check out our article above.
Be Part of Our Team and Initiative
Our team has been helping individuals and companies reduce their fuel consumption for years, and we encourage everyone to hop on board on start saving! It is apparent from our tests that GasPods can improve your fuel economy by around 5% depending on the vehicle you drive. This not only means money savings, but more importantly, reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. GasPods are only one set to a cleaner planet.