ATMOTECH Inc., the developers of the new, exciting ATMOCUBE Indoor Air Quality monitor just published a very informative article which simply explains the different air pollutants, and their effects on our health. Air pollution is a major environmental problem affecting the health of millions of people worldwide. It is caused by various pollutants released into the air from different sources, including industry, transportation, and household activities. Below we will discuss the different types of air pollutants and their effects on human health.
Types of Air Pollutants
According to the World Health Organization, there are many different types of air pollutants, including particulate matter (PM), nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulphur oxides (SOx), carbon monoxide (CO), volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and ozone (O3).
The effects of air pollutants on human health can be devastating. Long-term exposure to air pollution can decrease lung function and increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. A study by Kampa & Castanas “Human health effects of air pollution” has also shown that air pollution can affect the cognitive function of older adults and increase the risk of dementia. Children, older people, and people with pre-existing health conditions are particularly vulnerable to the harmful effects of air pollution. Based on Kampa & Castanas’s research on the Human health effects of air pollution, here are some of the main effects of air pollutants on human health:
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