Top 3 ways API based air quality data can help us
The air quality levels are deteriorating day by day and along with it there is a rise in the number of people afflicted with chronic respiratory and cardiac ailments. Almost 93% of our total population is breathing in toxic and polluted air and hence there is an absolute need to fix this situation.
The air quality levels are deterioratingday by day and along with it there is a rise in the number of people afflictedwith chronic respiratory and cardiac ailments. Almost 93% of our totalpopulation is breathing in toxic and polluted air and hence there is anabsolute need to fix this situation.
But unless we know the rootcause, we won’t be able to fix it. Any solution that doesn’t address the rootcause will just be a stop gap arrangement and bad air quality will definitelyrelapse after a while. But thanks to the growing technology and digitalization,we now have the means to understand the root cause of bad air quality and alsodetermine the kind of pollutants that you are exposed to on an everyday basis.
Here are 3 ways where you and the policy makers can benefit from reliable air quality data.
Metricsfor New Policies
With an increase in vehiculartraffic, it is an obvious fact that policy makers would need some means togauge and analyze the anthropogenic emissions in the environment. This wouldenable them to make concrete policies and regulations to curb the level ofpollutants during specific parts of the day. Deployment of air quality monitorson busy crossroads, intersections and signals can help determining pollutiontrends and also evaluate the highest level of pollutions during the course of aday.
So you own an air quality monitorand you get regular updates on the pollution level around you. But the maximumthat you can do with such data is protecting your family from exposure. Butimagine if you can somehow share that data to relevant organization and policymakers that can make use of this data and do something more relevant.
Since even two neighboringlocations can have varied pollution data based on the wind direction, source ofpollution and geographical factors, it is very essential that there is a meansof determining and analyzing air quality data from a closer perspective. Wheretraditional methods fail to give accurate and reliable pollution-related data,API based air quality monitors are more agile and can give access to real-timedata that is unbiased, complete and accurate data.
You must be aware that emissions from factories andindustries account for more than 50% of the entire air pollution prevalent inIndia. When coupled with the fact that such factories and industries house ahuge number of employee and labor force, this is also a big contributor ofrespiratory and other health ailments. But even while it is a major contributorof bad air quality, it often gets ignored. Tracking air quality of such regionswould help in understanding the emission levels and also the safety measurestaken by the factory owners in curbing pollution. A small step of installing anair quality monitor can increase accountability of the factory owners and alsohelp in taking stringent measures in controlling pollution.
Having the right kind of air quality data and insight can goa long way in minimizing air pollution levels. Sometimes all it takes tocontrol pollutants is adjusting the existing pattern and altering the schedulesof production in a factory or vehicular traffic in a particular area. In thewar against pollution, you would need every help that you can get and airquality data is definitely the most reliable weapon you can equip yourselfwith.