Causes and Effects of Air Pollution
Air pollution can be defined as anything that alters the chemical or physical makeup of air. It is also defined as having a hazardous or harmful effect (whether that be on humans, wildlife, plants, or buildings).
Causes of Air Pollution
There are several causes of air pollution. One is the burning of fossil fuels. Sulfur dioxide and carbon dioxide are emitted from the combustion of fossil fuels, such as coal, petroleum, natural gas, and more. This is one of the major causes of air pollution emitted from factories, vehicles, and all transportation. Carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides are produced by incomplete combustion of fossil fuels.
A second cause of air pollution is agricultural activities. The greatest cause of air pollution in this field stems from animal-raising operations. Cows, pigs, and chickens all naturally release methane, nitrous oxide, and ammonia into the air. Methane, even though it accounts for a smaller percentage of total emissions, is significantly more dangerous than carbon dioxide because of its ability to trap heat more efficiently—roughly thirty times more efficiently.
Other causes of air pollution include exhaust and emissions from factories and industries, mining operations, and indoor air pollutants. Yes, chemicals you use inside your home are contributing to air pollution—like some household cleaners.
Effects of Air Pollution
Most of us are aware by now the effects that air pollution has on human, animal, and plant health. For living beings, air pollution has a direct impact on our lung and heart health. It creates respiratory problems and can cause heart conditions, as well as cancer and other life-threatening bodily ailments. Children who are exposed to air pollution have been documented to suffer from asthma and pneumonia.
Global warming is a major problem that has been facing our world for many years. With an increase in temperature, snow caps have begun to melt, and the sea level is rising. This domino effect has led to changes in weather conditions and severe storms throughout the entire world. This poses problems for us as humans as well as the animals that inhabit the world with us.
Air pollution doesn’t only have a negative effect on living things; it is eroding away our buildings, art, and other various facades. We have many buildings that have stood the test of time for thousands of years that are now eroding away due to air pollution and weather changes. Even our nation’s Capital building had to be rebuilt due to erosion from air pollution on the outside of the building.
Solutions of Implement
There are many solutions to fight against the causes of air pollution, many of them which we mention in our blog here. However, there is one overarching solution that can be implemented today by you and by our governments. It’s our photocatalytic, smart technology paint.
The best way to help reverse air pollution is to make the air cleaner, right? Well our paint does just that and so much more. In your home, use our paint will purify the air for you and your family. All you need is a little light (natural or artificial), and our paint will take care of the rest.
To save historical buildings and to protect new ones, we made a clear coating that is specifically for that too. It’s our Photo Activa TB. It’s a spray on coating designed to protect and clean surfaces with grime build-up. Most of this grime occurs in areas where traffic and chemical pollutants are present. When you use this product on the outside of your buildings, on walkways, on patio areas, and in parking structures, you are reducing pollution, protecting its surfaces, reducing your maintenance costs, limiting the growth of mold and bacteria on that surfaces, and keeping the area clean.
Our smart technology clear coating can be used to help protect the health of all buildings; some structures we need to reserve for future generations to cherish just as we have. The product can be applied to any stone and concrete facades, walkways, historical buildings, monuments and so much more; basically, its science that works like magic. It’s easier than planting trees.
Help protect our future generations with Activa Coatings. They will live longer, healthier, and happier lives when they are given better air to breathe. Not to mention, they will thank us for saving our history in the structures preserved with Photo Activa TB.