Top 5 Ways of Preventing Smog
Smog is really bad; for us, for our family, animals, plants and for the entire city. In my previous blog, we did go through its cause and its ill-effects to our health. (Haven’t read those already? Follow this link). This thing needs to be stopped and immediately. But we all know how pollution control works right? So yeah, we can’t do it all at once. But we can sure try to minimize and reduce it to a more manageable level.
Smog is really bad; for us, forour family, animals, plants and for the entire city. Inmy previous blog, we did go through its cause and its ill-effects to ourhealth. (Haven’t read those already? Follow this link). This thing needs to bestopped and immediately. But we all know how pollution control works right? Soyeah, we can’t do it all at once. But we can sure try to minimize and reduce itto a more manageable level.
Almost every metropolitan city issuffering from photochemical smog and the number of casualties due to itsdrastic increase over the years has also been rising considerably. It is notabout winters alone; we need to worryabout smog even during summers. Since wearing a respiratory mask all day longis not really a practical long-term solution, wepresent to you some tips that can help us minimize the intensity of smogin our city.
Invest inRenewable Sources of Energy
Emissions from plants that usefossil fuel to generate powerare one of the major contributors of air pollutionand in turn smog. Replacing them with sustainable and green fuels would help usreduce the emissions that aid in the production of ground-level ozone.
EnhancingEnergy Efficiency and Conserving Energy
Conserve energy wherever you can.Using energy efficient appliances can help youconserve less power.Having an efficient and well-thought-ofenergy management system will help you reduce smog-causing emissions like that of sulfur andnitrogen to a great extent. Also, the more power you consume, the more it wouldbe produced,and the greater would be theemissions. It is a never-ending vicious circle.
Use areliable API-based smog detection system
Why API based, can’t a normal onedo, you may ask. Yeah sure, a normal smog detector can help you as an earlywarning system and prevent you from getting exposed. But that’s about it. Youcan do nothing else with that data. If you can somehow share it with relevantagencies and policymakers that canutilize this to plan and enforce policies and plans to curb the smog levels inthe city, you are doing your part for the society.
Vehicular emissions andconstruction dust are major contributorsof PM 2.5 and PM 10 particulates and thus needs to be taken rather seriously.Cutting down on vehicles running on diesel and petrol would help curb a majorchunk of urban pollution. If you can’t do without a vehicle, how about using acleaner variant like the CNG? Plan your errands efficiently so that you useyour vehicle judiciously. Walk whenever you can or use a cycle. This way youcan also get your daily dose of exercise. Carpool whenever you can or use public transport. Get your vehicle checkedregularly for exhaust emissions and maintain it properly.
UseEco-friendly Household Products and Cleaning Agents
You would already know that a majority of cleaning agentsand household products release high levels of VOCs into the air. This should beavoided. Use a natural cleaning agent or an eco-friendly alternative instead.Check if the solvents, sprays, paints, plastics and cleaning agents that youuse are environment-friendly andnon-toxic.
Remember, prevention is always better than cure. While weare way past the initial prevention phase and smog has already become rampantacross cities, we can atleast think aboutminimizing it. We have to start thinking about curbing it and bringing down thelevel of smog if we care about our Earth.
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