The effects of air pollution wreak havoc on human health and our planet as a whole.
Of the world’s population lives
in places where air quality
levels exceed World Health Organization limits.
We all breath dangerous pollutants
every time we are in traffic and
our exposure greatly increases
when on highly congested roadways.
Roadways are a line source of pollution
What are we breathing?
Emissions are a mix of particulate and gaseous pollutants
Fine particulate matter PM2.5 is a mix of carbon emissions, brake, tire and road dust, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide and volatile organic compounds
Mortality estimates related to PM2.5 more than 9million worldwide each year
That is more deaths per year than AIDs, tuberculosis and malaria combined
The deadliest pollutants are microscopic, invisible –what you can’t see can kill
Recent sample: 7 trillion pieces of microplastics (5mm or less), most of it tire
particles, are washed into San Francisco Bay each year (SFEI 2019)
Humans ingest each week the amount of plastic in a credit card
Toxic chemicals contained in plastic cause neurological problems, cancer, birth defects, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes
Fine particulate matter PM2.5 air pollution is a major concern for human health. Due to their very small size, PM2.5 particles can penetrate deep into the human respiratory tract, into the bloodstream, and be transported to all critical organs such as the heart and brain, wreaking absolute havoc on human health
Is something almost everyone recognizes
One of the fastest, most
economical ways that can
make a significant difference
in people's health and
the cost of their healthcare
is one they drive on every day
and do not notice:
Our Cities Major Roadways