The Deadly Effects of Indoor Pollution
According to a study out of the University of Surrey and published in the journal Science of the Total Environment, there are dangerous effects of indoor pollution. The researchers were attempting to make recommendations on how best to monitor and negate these outcomes.
“When we think of the term ‘air pollution’ we tend to think of car exhausts or factory fumes expelling grey smoke,” said one researcher. “However, there are actually various sources of pollution that have a negative effect on air quality, many of which are found inside our homes and offices. From cooking residue to paints, varnishes and fungal spores the air we breathe indoors is often more polluted than that outside.”
In 2012 even, indoor air pollution was linked to 600,000 more deaths globally than indoor air pollution, due to the fact that most urban dwellers typically spend a majority of their time inside. Those who spend a lot of time inside could get ‘Sick Building Syndrome’ where dwellers exhibit a range of ill health effects related to breathing indoor air including respiratory disease and reduced cognitive function from coal and wood for cooking to microbial contaminants.
A solution could be as simple as opening a window, researchers say. They note that as technology increases and cities get smarter, these factors need to be included in planning.
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