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Trees Deserve Hugs–They Are Working Hard to Combat Air Pollution

Posted on July 29, 2014
by Wendy Stackhouse
Tree in England
Photo by WStackhouse

Researchers with the U.S. Forest Service have reached some definitive conclusions about how trees improve the environment and reduce air pollution significantly.

“Their broad-scale estimates concluded that trees are saving more than 850 human lives a year and preventing 670,000 incidents of acute respiratory symptoms – and that’s just by improving air quality less than one percent…Not to mention that trees can help save $7 billion a year in health costs by reducing respiratory illness.” Nature World News

We can’t think of a better argument for preserving forests worldwide. Air pollution does not respect borders of states or countries. The air pollution in China travels on “powerful winds that can sometimes carry pollutants across the gigantic Pacific ocean in mere days, causing contaminant spikes on North-America’s West coast, especially in the spring.”

The scientists measured four pollutants in the study: ozone, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and particulates smaller than 2.5 microns and discovered that rural areas experience higher “pollution removal” rates than urban areas. They also found that the health effects of the four pollutants were much greater in urban populations. They encourage the proliferation of urban forests as well as the preservation of rural trees.

The World Health Organization estimates that over 7 million premature deaths globally are caused by air pollution every year. Anything we can do–and we all can do something–to reduce the air pollution levels in our own communities will only help all of us have healthier, longer lives.

If you need to clean up your indoor air–which can be up to 5 times worse than outdoor air–AirTek can help! Call us for a consultation about air duct cleaning, dryer vent cleaning, HVAC system maintenance and more! Your indoor air pollution problem will be history!

Now get out there and plant a tree!

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