BACOLOD CITY – According to the World Health Organization, air pollution kills an estimated seven million people worldwide every year.
Nine out of 10 people inhale air containing high levels of pollutants, WHO data shows.
Air pollution is environmental pollution that refers to the release of pollutants in the air causing dangerous medical conditions to human.
In 2018, Philippines ranked third on highest deaths due to air pollution with an estimated 45 in every 100,000 individuals.
The country also ranked second in indoor air pollution in Asia Pacific region.
Such high ranking can be linked to pollution caused by cooking with kerosene or solid fuels such as wood or coal (uling).
Outdoor pollution on the other hand, is another type of air pollution that is caused by burning fossil fuels, harmful gases, and tobacco smoking.
In India, a temporary solution was made in order to aid “unbearable levels” of air pollution.
Called as “oxygen bars”, citizens can experience a 15-minute fresh air for around four dollars to seven dollars or an estimated Php204 to Php 375.
Such “fresh oxygen bar” offers seven different aromas: lemongrass, orange, cinnamon, spearmint, peppermint, eucalyptus, and lavender.
Causes of air pollution in India include burning of crops stubbles in order for farmers to clear their fields, vehicle fumes, constructions, and vehicle emissions.
Air pollution can cause heart diseases, stroke, pulmonary disease, lung cancer, and acute respiratory infections for children.
It is also harmful for the environment as it can causes global warming, acid rain, smog, and ozone depletion.
Bangladesh ranked number one in the most polluted countries, according to World Population Review followed by Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, and Bahrain.