Pollution is everywhere, and its effects are felt by everyone. Air pollution is by far the biggest threat to the health of millions of people each year. If you have ever suffered from a low-level cough or sore throat, it may be because of air pollution that you didn’t even know was there.
With many businesses and industries still manufacturing products with many chemicals and pollutants, its effects are felt much more acutely. Though many of these toxins are known to cause diseases and various illnesses, most people don’t even know what they are or what they can do to them.
Public Health Risk
With many benefits to be gained from proper planning and careful management, many governments have put in place a variety of programs to help the general public in reducing their risks of exposure to toxic substances and ensuring a healthy and clean environment. Not only can this aid in protecting health and preventing sicknesses, but can also help to maintain a thriving economy.
But is it possible for the government to regulate the flow of air through our lungs, or can local governments regulate pollution? The two are not the same, but they can certainly work together. However, a lot depends on how each one of them go about doing it.
Government agencies are responsible for creating laws to ensure the safety of all citizens of the country. They use these laws to enforce the use of toxic substances in industrial production and domestic living conditions and thus ensure the public’s health and safety. Even the children playing outdoor games in open area are also at risk of catching pollution and toxic gases.
Increase in Diseases
This sounds like an easy task, however with many of the people who comprise these agencies seeming to be uninterested in this responsibility, we see very little reason to implement such measures. And unfortunately, we will never get a clean, healthy environment if the government does not put in place plans to control pollution, and to provide safe areas for the public to live.
Though many toxic substances and pollutants are difficult to quantify, or cannot be measured, they can still kill or weaken the body in a variety of ways. We can’t wait until these effects are actually evident and then act to take corrective action.
One of the most common ways that air pollution is brought about is through the burning of fossil fuels, especially coal. Not only does this produce fumes and particles in the air, but also contributes to carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, sulfur, and other airborne toxins.
Meanwhile, clean technologies that create alternative energy, reduce waste, and prevent global warming are proving their worth every day. As governments scramble to find a way to harness more natural resources than ever before, there’s no doubt that alternative energy will play a large role in our own daily lives in the years to come.
However, because not everyone has access to cleaner technologies, we will have to continue to rely on traditional technologies that attempt to stop global air pollution problems before they begin. Though the amount of air pollution continues to grow, the ability to capture it, and remove it from the atmosphere are growing as well.
Because of this, the consequences for our health are worsening every day. We must act now, while the dangers to our health are still not as severe as they are today.
There are many steps that the government can take to increase the use of alternative energy, including tax credits for all those who choose alternative sources of energy, subsidizing fuel that would otherwise be too expensive for those who choose to use traditional sources. And though these measures won’t magically stop air pollution, they can help to ensure that the air is as clean as possible.