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Pollution’s stealthy onslaught on our lives

by Abhishek Shankar
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A silent intruder in our lives, pollution increasingly impacts our environment and, especially, our health. Pollution quietly invades our lives and affects us in ways we might not always understand; therefore, its adverse effects on human well-being are worrisome. Pollution comes in many ways and quietly seeps into our daily lives.

Pollution affects every part of our planet, including the soil beneath our feet, water, and air we breathe. Although we frequently consider trash to be an unpleasant sight or to pollute the surroundings, its effects on health are far more subtle.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has set firm standards for air quality. Unfortunately, nearly 99% of the planet’s population lives with air pollution that surpasses these guidelines. Poor air quality can be harmful to human well-being. There are a variety of respiratory disorders associated with toxins present within the atmosphere, such as bronchitis and asthma, which eventually lead to heart or lung complications over time.

The number of cardiovascular disease deaths owing to environmental variables is higher than the number attributable to behavioural, metabolic, and tobacco use risk factors. Depending on its size, airborne particulate matter dispersed in the air raises the risk of cardiovascular disease. Blood pressure changes, heart attacks, nitrogen oxide (NO2), elemental carbon, and PM2.5 and PM10 have all been connected to these conditions.

There are ways to combat pollution. The following are some tactics:

Sustainable agriculture: Encourage environmental friendly farming methods that minimize the usage of chemical pesticides and fertilizers, thus avoiding contaminating the land and water.

Organic Framing: Promote organic farming practices, which emphasize soil health and reduce the use of chemicals.

Clean Water Sources: To stop waterborne pollution in food, ensure you have access to clean, uncontaminated water sources for drinking and irrigation.

Education and Awareness: Spread knowledge about the dangers of contaminated food and the significance of making wise decisions.

Minimize food waste: to lessen the environmental impact of food production and the pollution it causes.

Sustainable Packaging: To lessen the pollution that single-use plastics produce, promote environmentally friendly packaging.

Reducing pollution at its source and promoting cleaner, more sustainable habits are the two ways we can solve this issue as people, communities, and nations. We can only hope to shield present and future generations from the detrimental effects of pollution if we acknowledge its extensive impact on health. -It’s time for us to take this quiet threat seriously and work together to lessen its negative impacts.

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