The damage of smog on animals



by LORENZO CIOTTI

The damage of smog on animals

What damage does smog cause to animals? What do they risk? Smog has harmful effects on the health of our animals. Dogs and cats that frequent our same environments risk respiratory problems and tumors. Dogs and cats are as exposed to environmental damage as people, especially from urban pollution.

It seems that even outside urban centers the situation is critical, because where there is no city traffic, it is the large roads that pollute. Brushing and washing them more often to eliminate fine dust residues that accumulate on the coat could already be a valid help.

Dogs are more exposed to nose and lung cancers, while cats have a greater chance of getting lymphoma due to grooming, the habit of licking their fur to clean themselves. In fact, it seems that passive smoking is also dangerous for animal health.

It can lead to bronchitis, forms of asthma or even terrible lung tumors.

Effects on human health of air pollution

The effects on human health due to poor air quality mainly involve the respiratory system and the cardiovascular system.

Individual reactions to air pollution depend on the type of pollutant a person is exposed to, the degree of exposure, the individual's health and genetics. Indoor air pollution and poor urban air quality are listed as two of the worst toxic pollution problems in the world in the 2008 report.

Outdoor air pollution causes 2.1 to 4.21 million deaths every year. Overall, air pollution causes the deaths of approximately 7 million people worldwide each year and is the single largest environmental health risk in the world.

Productivity losses and degraded quality of life caused by air pollution are estimated to cost the world economy € 50 trillion per year. Various pollution control technologies and strategies are available to reduce air pollution.

The various means of transport can impact the environment differently depending on their characteristics, first of all the greater the size and weight of the vehicle, the greater the energy needed to accelerate and stop the vehicle, generating a greater impact than a small vehicle.

of the same technology, both as regards the pollutants produced by the engine and its power source and the dust produced by tires and brakes, but also the environmental impact to produce the medium varies greatly both in size and technology, as well as in the production process adopted by the relative company.