Air pollution – do we really care?

Air pollution has been with us since humanity discovered fire. It has always caused illness and death. A thousand or more years ago people sat in a poor ventilated buildings with a central fire. They would breathe the fumes of the fire and their health would be damaged. Chimneys were invented to prevent that danger. Even today many people in Africa suffer from poor ventilation in the homes from cooking fires and as a result their health is damaged.

In the modern, developed, “advanced” world of the United Kingdom we no longer burn a fire in the middle of a house with a hole in the roof to let the smoke out. But every time we get in a vehicle and travel – even in an electric car – and every time we turn on a switch, buy manufactured goods or bathe someone somewhere has burnt something to enable us to do these things. Continue reading