VEHICULAR POLLUTION: CAUSE AND EFFECT
Transportation contributes majorly to the carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides and hydrocarbons emitted into air. Primary pollution results from the emissions that are released directly into the atmosphere, whereas secondary pollution results from chemical reactions between pollutants after they have been released into the air. Both these sources pose significant health risks and pollutes the environment in the form of global warming.
The health risks are extremely serious. Air pollution causes various respiratory ailments such as asthma and bronchitis, increases the risk of life threatening diseases such as cancer, and burdens us with substantial medical costs. Particulate matter, specifically, is responsible for up to 30,000 premature deaths per year.
From the past century, there has been a dramatic increase in the atmospheric concentration of heat-trapping gases, due to human activity. Scientists project that if this trend continues, the earth’s average surface temperature will increase between 2.5°F and 10.4°F by the year 2100.
Cars In Doha Recommendations
- 1Use of cleaner fuels that produce fewer emissions will reduce air pollution.
- 2Timely maintenance of vehicles not only limits harmful emissions, but also can improve fuel efficiency and vehicle performance extending the life of the vehicle.
- 3Buying vehicles only as per the latest emission norm mentioned by the Government will helpin curbing pollution.
- 4Use of fuel-efficient vehicles (which consume less or no fuel) will lead to improved air quality.
- 5Government initiatives of implementing stringent emission norm standards as per the latest technology in the world will help in the long run.
- 6Government initiatives, such as The Rail Project in Doha and promoting public transport, also help in reducing the number of vehicles on road.