Saturday, 11th July 2020

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Air de la Mer

Air de la Mer

We are lucky to live by the seaside and more so on the Costa del Sol, but are we totally free from air pollution? NASA provides some answers.

The number of privately owned motor cars registered in Andalucia continues to rise substantially, if you combine this with the number of tourist vehicles and other cars not registered in Spain, it is of little wonder that the air is just not as pollution free as it used to be.

Considering that the only reliable way to travel in the region is by car it also stands to reason that the levels of pollution will continue to increase.

WHO reports that in 2012 around 7 million people died globally as a result of air pollution exposure. “The risks from air  pollution are now far greater than previously thought or understood, particularly for heart disease and strokes,” said Dr Maria Neira,
Director of WHO’s Department for Public Health.

According to NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA), after a two year study they suggest that the common indoor plants may be an effective solution.

A spokesman for NASA said that combining nature with technology can increase the effectiveness of plants in removing air pollutants as the roots of the plant slowly degrade the chemicals absorbed there. The study using about a dozen popular varieties of ornamental plants, NASA research on indoor plants has found that living plants are efficient at absorbing contaminants in the air.

The reserch has consistently shown that living, green and flowering plants can remove several toxic chemicals from the air in building interiors. You can use plants in your home or office to improve the quality of the air to make it a more pleasant place to
live and work – where people feel better, perform better, any enjoy life more.


Of course, in addition to plants, there are a number of “common sense” things we can do ourselves to reduce the level of pollution indoors as well as outdoors, for instance:

• Turn off appliances and lights when you leave the room.
• Recycle paper, plastic, glass bottles, cardboard, and aluminum cans. (This conserves energy and reduces production emissions.)
• Keep woodstoves and fireplaces well maintained.
• Connect your outdoor lights and heating/cooling to a timer or use solar power.
• Wash clothes with warm or cold water instead of hot.
• Use low water-based paints when decorating.
• Choose not to smoke in your home, especially if you have children.

If you or your visitors must smoke, then smoke outside.

TOP 10 plants most effective in removing:
Formaldehyde, Benzene, and Carbon Monoxide from the air

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