We all share air. Clean Air for all.
OZONE LAYER PROTECTION
Too often we take it for granted: the Air we breathe. The burning of fossil fuels, burning wood, oil and natural gas will increase as developing countries grow. The need for food will grow and unless we change our eating habits to a more plant based diet this will lead to social and climatological instability. Atmospheric pollution causes six million deaths a year worldwide and a quarter of lung cancer cases, heart attacks and strokes, representing 0.3% of world GDP in health costs, as well as reducing productivity at work.
is typically caused by industrial activity, traffic and transportation, agricultural chemicals, improper disposal of waste, agents of war and home temperature control. Container ships and cars are some of the biggest air polluters. Cooling devices such as air condition and refrigerators contribute with 22% to air pollution and to the greenhouse effect.
Both problems are a result of the same context: the current energy model mining and burning too much fossil fuel. This increases the CO2 emissions and other pollutants, which cause global warming.
OZONE LAYER PROTECTION
Ozone depletion in the stratosphere is caused by ozone depleting chemicals. CFC-11/12,113 and HCFC-22 are used in refrigerators, air conditioners, aerosol sprays, household cleaning products, in foams for home furnishing, insulation and packaging, for thermal or sound insulation in buildings and automobiles, for cleaning electronic circuit boards and computer components. But since the descovery of alternatives and with the Montreal Protocol we are on a path of recovery.
Forests cover approximately 30 percent of the land on earth and sustain nearly 80 percent of the world's terrestrial organisms. It is estimated that one acre (+/-4000m2) of trees in urban forests can produce enough oxygen for eight people and remove 188 pounds of carbon dioxide from the air. Tropical rainforests, produce 40 percent of the earth's oxygen even though they cover only about 6 percent of the land. Rainforests in the Amazon have declined by 17 percent in the last 50 years.
Did you know?
One flight between Lisbon and NYC generates 1.50 metric tons of CO2e which equals 6300km of driving a VW Passat or 17km per day in one year. calculate here
One single container ship can cause as much air pollution as 50 million cars, which release 5,000 tons of sulfur oxide into the air annually, contributing heavily to global warming. And there are 90,000 of such ships.
One improperly recycled refrigerator produces as much pollution as a car driven 17.000km in one year.
One yogurt may have milk from New Zealand, strawberries from Australia, sugar from Taiwan, the cup from China, the lid produced in Germany, preservatives from Switzerland....
Indoor pollution from indoor cooking fires kill as many as 2 million people in undeveloped countries - a higher death toll than for malaria.