In China, there is a daily average of 4,000 deaths due to air pollution!
The Danger – The Components of the Air Pollution
Most of the pollutants in our breathing air (NO2, NO, CO, SOx, Benzene, etc) are made of tiny, reactive and unstable gas molecules, each and every one of them has severe effects on our health and a unique molecular mechanism through which they influence the human body in various destructive ways.
The urban air pollution also includes particulate pollution, or SPM (Suspended Particulate Matter). SPM is made of small particles within a spectrum of sizes, ranging from several atoms long and up to particles which are larger than 10 microns.
- The smaller the SPM, the more dangerous the pollutant.
- The smaller the SPM, the more likely it is that the source of the pollution is man-made (industry, transportation, power plants, garbage incinerators etc), which means that the surface of these molecules contains chemicals of highly unstable components.
- The smaller the SPM, the more effective the substance’s penetration to the lungs. PM0.1 can even enter the blood stream and spread systematically through the body, where they can cause harm in various ways.