I have been busier than expected this month (hence my lack of blog posts), but I have soooooooooo much to say about AIR that I have decided to extend air month into October! That's right! 2 months of air knowledge! . We will focus on the 6 pollutants shown in this figure - called "criteria pollutants" and why they are so harmful. The figure also shows the common man-made sources of these pollutants. . Happy reading!
I FINALLY BOUGHT MY ADIDAS x PARLEY running shoes!!! Made from recycled oceans plastic - I'm going to be ecstatic on pretty much every run!!! @adidasoriginals @adidasrunnersdubai @parley.tv they are unbelievably comfortable as well #3stripesstyle
@natgeo is one of my favorite sources because of images and articles like these. In addition to destruction of land and homes, wildfires are a large source of air pollution. Since the 1970s, wildfires have been doubling each year (cause: man induced climate impacts). The smoke and ash emitted from the fires affect the health of people globally, as winds transport the pollution across vast distances. #envira1
Outdoor air pollution is one of the top 10 killers on earth. IMO one of the most interesting things about air pollution is wind transport - what gets released in one location makes its way to another far away location. For example, almost 1/3 of the air pollution in San Francisco is from China 😱. We are all interconnected - our severe actions impact both ourselves and the rest of the world. #airpollution#climate#naaqs#ambient#atmosphere
A favorite air fact: Sometimes trees help with air pollution, and sometimes they CONTRIBUTE to air pollution!!! Trees emit a bunch of Volatile Organic Compounds, and depending on the amount of Nitrous Oxide (sources can be cars, power plants, human sources etc) in the air as well, the trees can contribute to ozone formation - a super harmful air pollutant. I'll be discussing this in more detail in the future, but for now absorb this super cool fact and enjoy this picture of some beautiful trees!!
Ending water month drinking tap water in a glass in Switzerland 💚 (we pretty much don't drink tap water in the UAE). The tap water here is so delicious and clean, I have no idea why they have bottled water anywhere, but sadly it is still the case. Hope you enjoyed all the water facts this month - September is AIR month akaaaaaaa my favorite topic EVER month!! #envira1
Houston is one of my homes and this is heartbreaking to watch. Hurricane Harvey is estimated to unload 25 TRILLION GALLONS of water onto the state of Texas. People are fleeing their flooding homes because of this unprecedented extreme event. - Yes, houston has a hurricane season, but the difference between a regular disaster and an extreme disaster - that's man-induced climate change. #envira1
I love oysters, and I have never given a second thought about where their shells in end up. The answer - in landfills and back in the ocean- the worst! Buuuut cool as heck science has shown that oyster shells are full of calcium carbonate, so they can be used as a biomaterial! The above figure shows the use of oysters to create an artificial oyster reef (like coral reefs, oyster reefs are in decline due to man-made impacts) - saving the oysters! However, it doesn't stop there! Calcium carbonate is an ingredient in creating cement aaaand is used to treat wastewater - and it's usually obtained from limestone mining - so instead of unsustainable mining and destroying - let's use the oyster shells as a resource - exactly what sustainability is. For more info, navigate to Fast Facts -> August 2017 - Water in my blog. Link in bio. #envira1