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Canadian Cities 3rd Best in Air Quality

by Liz

Going through Google news I found an article about how Canada ranks around the world in terms of air quality.  (You can read it here.)  This spiked my curiosity for two reasons; I am happy for Canada but want to know more about it.

When I moved here to the UK I spent the first couple of days in London.  I found that my asthma (which never usually bothers me) kicked in and I developed a slight cough and finally, when I blew my nose, my snot was grey or black (nice eh?).   I decided to take a closer look at the medical side of air pollution.  I found out it affects young children and elderly people more severely but can hurt everyone in the short term and long term.  Short term problems could be irritation to the eyes, ears and nose or could even develop into bronchitis or pneumonia.  Long term effects could be as severe as lung cancer, heart disease and cause damage to the liver or brain.

Smog in LA, California

How can we reduce air pollution?  Click here for a list of 50 ways to improve air quality.  The following are some I wanted to highlight from the list:

– Use public transportation

– Walk

– Don’t use aerosol cans

– Use latex paints and not spray paints

– If you do have to drive, keep it in great working condition (leaky air conditioners emit the greatest amount of CFCs, having full air in your tires, cleaning your air filter and getting a tune up can increase gas mileage)

Wouldn't you rather breathe this air? - Yorkshire, England

This list will not only help air quality but are in general rules we should live by to keep the environment green.


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World Oceans Day

by Liz

Today is World Oceans Day.  It is a day spent to raise awareness of ocean preservation and was started in Canada but not recognized internationally until 2009.

Look how beautiful the ocean can be!

So let’s raise awareness!  The effects of ocean pollution are:

  • On fish – Ocean pollution causes the depletion of fish species as well as the population of fish has declined drastically.  Overfishing has a lot to do with this as well.  So only eat sustainable fish and use environmentally friendly cleaning products and be aware of where your waste goes.
  • On animals and birds – Ocean pollution like oil spills causes both marine mammals and birds to have a layer of oil on them which interferes with their insulation making it harder for them to adapt to temperature fluctuations.  It also decreases the population in various animals with fish depletion there is not enough food for some birds and animals to eat enough.
  • On humans – Ocean pollution does not necessarily have a direct effect on humans like it does animals and fish but indirectly it can cause a lot of trouble for humans.  Not only will we have less fish to eat but the pollution can eventually cause possible food poisoning, baby deformities and it can also change the natural cycle of the planet.  So try not to use plastic as plastic is one of the number one pollutants in the oceans.

Here is a you tube video with a lot of great statistics and interesting information about our oceans, definitely worth a watch!

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