Hey, Dumbo! Every One Has Both A Right And A Responsibility When It Comes To Clean AirWritten by Alex under Air Conditioners, Air Purifiers, Dehumidifiers, General | No Comments
Clean air is something which is at the front of most people’s minds. Along with anthropogenic global warming, pollution and the quality of the air that we breathe is one of the primary focus of people campaigning to limit the amount of industrial waste that goes into the environment, not only under ground or in the sea but into the atmosphere too.
The European Union is striving to limit the amount of gases which are released into the air, both in terms of variety and volume. The Union has 27 member states not including the UK and together they produce 4,177,817.86 thousand metric tonnes of carbon dioxide each year. That’s the equivalent of 596,831,123 African bull elephants charging through the skies of Europe every year (1,635,153 elephants every single day) . Even if Dumbo could fly those statistics would still be impossible since that amount of carbon dioxide alone (therefore not including all other forms of airborne pollutant) produced in Europe in a year weighs more than a thousand times as much as the weight of all the elephants alive on Earth today.
Europe’s contribution is 14.04% of the total carbon dioxide released into the air each year, the US produces 18.11% of the global airborne CO2 per annum and China almost a quarter, their industry, domestic and vehicle use of fuel produces 7,031,916,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide every year and as their economy changes ever more from agriculture and small industry to heavily fossil dependent energy consumption their contribution to the production of greenhouse gases is exploding. Put together those three market sectors alone cause more than 56% of the world’s gaseous carbon dioxide.
Fortunately a huge part of this carbon dioxide is take up again in plant growth which in turn releases oxygen into the atmosphere and stores carbon in its very structure. A natural carbon capture and storage programme if you will. However, there is still an excess of CO2 which stays in the atmosphere and it is this, among other gaseous and particular pollutants which cause global warming. If you also factor in the millions of litres of methane that animals produce and the gases and ash that volcanoes create then clearly ‘fresh’ air is far from free of all kinds of pollutants and irritants. Add tonne upon tonne of pollen in the summertime to all this and you’ll realise it’s almost a luxury that we’re able to see our hands in front of our faces thanks to all the stuff that’s in the air!
But What Can Any Of Us Do About It?
On the small scale every-one knows that it is necessary for us all to reduce our carbon footprint, share car journeys, avoid unnecessary flight, turn our thermostats down a little and insulate a lot as well as recycling everything that won’t compost.
That’s Fine Dealing With CO2 And Landfill, Is It Possible To Do Anything About The Atmosphere In The Home?
A humidifier will help keep dust down, literally, during the dry parts of the year. Summer is obviously dry but indoors winter can be too, with central heating turned on (even at a degree or two below normal) it can leave the air dry and therefore dust can blow up and get into convection currents more easily. A humidifier makes this far less likely as dust finds it harder to move about in a moist atmosphere.
But keeping dust down is only half of the story. If you suffer from hay fever or other allergies to particulates such as pet dander an air purifier might be a better long term answer. Air purifiers use a variety of filtration methods to keep air at a quality you can enjoy. And they run at such low power levels that they consume less energy than a domestic lightbulb, meaning that they contribute negligibly to your carbon footprint. So effective are they that they not only clean pollen and dust from the air they can even control the passage of airborne viruses while filters using carbon can clear bad odours and theoretically absorb toxic gases. However, if you think you smell gas you should vacate the building immediately and call the National Grid on 0800 111 999.