For most people the phrase “air pollution” conjures images of hazy city skies, cars lurching and honking in traffic, exhaust spiraling into the air.
Cities like Beijing, famous for air quality “red alerts”; Santiago, Chile, the site of a $1 billion “Santiago Breathes” clean-up initiative; and our neighbor, Los Angeles, the most polluted city in America, grab the headlines. (Unfortunately, San Diego is also one of the most polluted cities in America).
But outdoor air quality (also known as ambient air quality) is often not the biggest threat to human health. A study published in the journal Science of the Total Environment, which CNBC cited last year, revealed that “indoor air pollution may be as much or more of a problem as pollution outdoors.”
AS CNBC noted, indoor contaminants, like chemicals from household products, fungus spores, and even cooking by-products, like smoke, actually make indoor pollution worse than outdoor pollution.
A lack of awareness compounds the problem. People simply do not understand how and why these contaminants harm human health, and few business owners or home owners take steps to remediate indoor air pollution.
The problem is real, however, with lasting consequences for human health as well as business solvency. According to the National Institutes of Health, “sick building syndrome,” which is thought to be caused by indoor pollutants, “increases sickness absenteeism and causes a decrease in productivity of the worker.”
The scientists who published the study about indoor air pollution suggest installing “environmental sensors” in homes and buildings to monitor indoor air quality.
Of course, mere monitoring does not solve the problem.
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