5 Ways to Reduce Your Exposure to Air Pollution

5 Ways to Reduce Your Exposure to Air Pollution - John SlifkoAir pollution is the cause of many health related issues. They can range from short term medical difficulties to very serious lifetime diseases. Poor air quality can affect your cognition, decrease your life expectancy, and cause developmental issues in children. If you’re living in a city with high air pollution, here are five ways to reduce your exposure.

For starters, find out what is your current air quality index (AQI). Head to AirNow.gov to see the current AQI for your area and what is forecasted for the rest of the day. On this site, you will also find resources pertaining to your specific area. Your local newspapers may also publish information about the daily air quality as well. If the air quality for that day is poor, consider staying indoors.

If you enjoy exercising outside, do it during the morning. Early hours of the morning are when the ozone is the lowest. Cardio workouts draw air deeper into your lungs which can cause an issue if the air you’re breathing is heavily polluted. Working out in close proximity to a roadway is highly inadvisable as well, since that is where the air is dense with pollution from vehicle exhaust.

Additionally, you should avoid heavy traffic whenever possible. Sitting in bumper-to-bumper rush hour exposes you to the exhaust of trucks, busses, and other commuters around you. These air pollutants have proven to increase negative health outcomes. If possible, commute during irregular traffic hours. If you find yourself in traffic such as this, keep your windows closed and set your fan on recirculate to avoid the outside air from coming in. Don’t forget to replace your car’s air filters on a regular basis as well.

If you’re a smoker, it’s time to learn how to quit. If your friends and loved ones smoke, help them quit as well. Smoking causes emphysema, chronic bronchitis, pneumonia, tuberculosis, and many other diseases. Second hand smoke is just as harmful so not only are you causing harm to yourself, you’re also causing harm to those around you. To avoid second hand smoke from others, stay away from places that allow smoking indoors such as restaurants and bars.

5 Insightful Books To Read About the Hydrogen Economy

There are many books out there that are great reads for anyone interested in the hydrogen economy. With that being said, some books are better than others and go into more detail. These books are insightful and will really make you think. Below are 5 of those books.

1) The Hydrogen Economy: The Creation of the Worldwide Energy Web and the Redistribution of Power on Earth

This book, written by Jeremy Rifkin, is one of the best ones to read. It focuses on helping people move away from the destructive times of oil and towards hydrogen. It is very clear and comprehensive and argues a great case.

2) Hydrogen Economy

The authors of this book are P K Pahwa and G K Pahwa. This book explains the importance of using hydrogen as energy, looks at the usefulness of moving, dispensing, and using hydrogen, looking at how safe hydrogen is, and looking at any possible hazards there might be.

3) The Hydrogen Economy: Opportunities, Costs, Barriers, and R&D Needs

This book was written by the National Academy of Engineering. This book looks at many things, including opportunities, costs, barriers, and R&D needs. It goes into depth on all of these things and really gives a comprehensive idea of the factors that go into deciding whether or not hydrogen is the way to go.

4) The Hydrogen Economy: Opportunities and Challenges

There are 8 main authors of this book who contributed writings. The editors are Michael Ball and Martin Wietschel. This book stands out from others on the subject because not only does it have the perspective of multiple different people, but it also covers every aspect of using hydrogen. It even covers environmental, socioeconomic, and geographic impacts on hydrogen. It also covers the aspects of meeting a growing demand for transport energy over a long period of time.

5) The Solar Hydrogen Civilization: The Future of Energy Is the Future of Our Global Economy

This book, written by Roy McAlister, is great because it completely shoots down any myths surrounding hydrogen. Another great thing about this book is that it uses many diagrams and is a great starting point for anyone looking for information.

As you can see, these books are ones that will make you think and will give your information that you might not have already known about the hydrogen economy. If you are interested in learning more about this topic, give these books a chance. You won’t be disappointed!

Part Two: Did You Know War Affects Children’s Education This Badly?

War disrupts the normal trajectory of children’s lives, due to the fact that tens of thousands of children are forced out of their schools during these times. Children who might have finished high school by the age of 18 are now child soldiers or have been in refugee camps for so long that they have no education at all. According to the US National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health (NLM/NIH), “It is estimated that there are tens of thousands of young people under 18 serving in militias in about 60 countries.” Getting a proper education can keep war from happening in certain areas by making the area more civilized. Education is massively important, and it’s time to start facing the facts about how it is affecting our civil society as a whole.

Leaving School

War keeps children from gaining an education due to the armed forces taking over schools or playgrounds children once played on. Many children are forced to run for their lives, as they are in immediate danger for trying to attend school. This splits apart families and causes children to have to start working to provide for themselves or to join armies to survive.

Living in Refugee Camps

Children are forced to live in refugee camps, because they have nowhere else to go. The NLM/NIH shares that “they wait for years in miserable circumstances for normal life to resume, if it ever does.” Refugee camps do not start out with educational facilities in them. Those that have some educational resources are fortunate but have them in extremely small quantities. NGO’s and NPO’s try their best to support these educational efforts, but it’s not nearly enough to keep a country from becoming underdeveloped.

Creating an Underdeveloped Country

War makes education such an impossible feat for so long in many countries that it starts to change the culture. According to the Peace Pledge Union:
“As the conflict continues without an end in sight and humanitarian organisations continue to struggle to provide the immediate material needs of the victims of the war, it is increasingly possible that a whole generation might be left without a basic education. This turn of events alone will plummet a developed country into an underdeveloped country.”

Countries that do not have education for numerous years in a row leave children grown up with no sense of direction. They have little to no job skills and have to obtain exceedingly low paying jobs in order to survive. This will leave a country with fewer resources and means to live and will start to affect their ability to import and export. This slowly starts to deteriorate a country’s ability to conduct business, plummeting the economy further and further down.

If war alone can do this in one country, how powerfully does it speak to war’s ability to impact negative change throughout the entire world? War needs to end, now.

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