Join Carpooling – A best possible way to save the planet

Car pooling is a practice in which more than one individual is traveling in a single vehicle. It is so, beneficial that the number of people sharing a single car mean, less number of vehicles are running on the road.  It is a forward step to make the environment neat and clean by reducing air pollution, noise pollution, low emission of carbon and thereby less emission of greenhouse gas into the atmosphere.  Due to safety and security reasons companies should regulate the traveling through carpooling because it enables us to ride safely and also reduces the air pollution. A drastic increase in the number of automobiles in the society is negatively affecting the environment which is a major cause of global warming and deteriorating the human health. Through carpooling, we can increase the indoor and outdoor air quality and it also reduces a variety of heart and respiratory diseases, bronchitis, asthma caused by air pollution in newborn babies, growing kids and old age people.

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Benefits of Car Pooling-

  1. It greatly reduces traffic jams on the roads so, also save time a lot.
  2. Less number of accidents.
  3. It reduces wear and tear of the vehicles and one should become much more responsible towards riding the vehicle.
  4. It reduces air pollution and is good for the atmosphere.
  5. It also reduces the dependency on foreign oil.
  6. It provides the land space for parking cars in the city.
  7. It reduces traveling cost and it also decreases fuel expenses.
  8. During the long traveling distances it helps to save money on toll.
  9. Get company during the journey and also increase the chances of developing relations strong with each other.
  10. Widely increases the ease of commuting that is why it is the better way to release-out stress during traveling.
  11. During carpool one can easily check and communicate with their friends and family, check emails, read news and it rejuvenates the body by taking a nap.
  12. It greatly saves the cost of road repair.

Spectro Analytical Labs have fully accredited facilities for testing the quality of indoor and outdoor air that contain various pollutants. It also provides training and assistance in this regard.

Toxic ingredients in Air Fresheners- Choose natural alternatives

Different types and brands of air fresheners are now available in the market, which is greatly used by the consumers in their homes to emit a pleasant odour and eliminate foul smell. These are obtainable in the form of sprays, candles, oils, beads, and plug-ins and contain four basic chemical ingredients, such as formaldehyde, petroleum distillates, 1,4 dichlorobenzene and aerosol propellants for neutralizing the offensive smell and to create sweet odour. But according to some studies, these compounds are not only responsible for indoor pollution, but, also cause severe allergic reactions, asthma, and respiratory problems. Because home is a closed type of system in which these chemicals impair and trapped the internal air quality of the house and contributes health hazards. These chemicals also harm the pets in many ways.

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Basic chemical ingredients cause several health hazards:

  1. Formaldehyde causes burning sensation in eyes, nose, throat and other mucous membranes and watery eyes, breathing problems, restlessness, nausea, asthmatic attacks.
  2. Petroleum distillates are responsible for air, soil and ground pollution and cause health issues like respiratory problems, asthma, chemical pneumonia, pulmonary heart diseases.
  3. Aerosol propellants contribute harmful effects on the ozone layer and so, indirectly harm the human health and causes risk of cancer, respiratory problems and several chronic health problems.
  4. P-dichlorobenzene, generally found in mothballs and so, responsible for anemia, skin lesions, liver damage, loss of appetite and changes in the composition of blood.

Perfumed chemicals are present in the air fresheners to emit fragrance which is also cause breathing problems and to minimize the health problems; natural and healthy substitutes for air fresheners are now being implemented to sweeten the atmosphere.

Natural options for air fresheners are:-

  1. Let the windows open for at least 2 hours for proper ventilation.
  2. Use baking soda as an odour absorbent.
  3. Simmer the whole spices like cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, black pepper to remove bad odour.
  4. Light camphor and put cloves and green cardamom over it, this will help to create pleasant aroma and purify the internal air by killing the disease-causing germs.
  5. Place citrus fruits like lemon, orange, sweet orange and embedded with some cloves.
  6. For eliminating foul smell, use various herbs and flowers.
  7. Use vinegar for cleaning the surfaces.
  8. Remove cooking smell by keeping a bowl of vinegar in the kitchen.
  9. Use of essential oil, vanilla essence for keeping the internal air quality good.

Spectro Analytical Lab offers all the facilities and instruments for chemical and quality testing of indoor and outdoor air that contain harmful substances. It also provides training and assistance in this regard.

Agricultural Fires Choke Whole Delhi

 In order to prepare fields for the next crop production, the previous crop residue should be burned or removed or incorporated into the field. Burning of crop residues has adverse effects such as a severe increase in air pollution, black carbon that may lead to changes in climatic conditions worldwide. In Punjab, farmers widely practiced the complete burning of the agricultural waste to prepare fields for the next crop than that of removal because complete removal is more expensive to the farmers than that of the burning process, also it instantly clears and cleans the field, it eradicates weeds including those which are resistant to the herbicide, it also erases pests and slugs, further, it can also reduce nitrogen tie-up.

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But has several adverse effects on the environment such as loss of nutrients due to burning of the essential nutrients of soil, manifold increase in air pollution from smoke, mishaps occurs because of  zero visibility due to smoke, elevated the respiratory disorders, cause damage to electrical and electronic equipment from floating threads of conducting waste, risk of fires spreading when out of control, it also raised the soil temperature which destroys the beneficial organisms like fungi, pests, snake which ultimately raised the atmospheric CO2 which is a main cause of global warming.

Burning stalk residues can be avoided by implementing these practices like using chemicals which have a faster rate of disposing agricultural waste, compost can be prepared from the stalk waste, it can be used as mulching in the field, stalk residue can also be used to cover the field after sowing in order to develop seed germination, further, it can also be used to produce green coal and an animal feed.
Now to stop this burning process, it is the responsibility of our government to provide information on good and bad effects of burning of agricultural wastes to the farmers and other peoples by organizing campaigns and workshops, provide subsidy to the farmers for purchasing machinery like happy seeder, turbo seeder, shredder, bailing machine, zero seed cum fertilizer drill and if this burning practice occurs further then a strict legal action should be taken by the government.

Spectro Analytical Lab offers all the facilities and instruments for chemical and quality testing of indoor and outdoor air that contain harmful substances. It also provides training and assistance in this regard.

Smog Enveloped Delhi’s Atmosphere after Diwali Celebrations

Diwali is a lightning festival celebrated by Hindus and is a festival of sweets, but in recent times this celebration has been totally changed into a festival of crackers and fireworks. Bursting fire crackers is a great fun to enjoy this festival the most but simultaneously these crackers releases pollution that causes hazardous effects on the human health, animals and the environment. Children, pregnant women, newborn babies and old age people are more prone to the negative effects of crackers. So, it is advised to celebrate this great parv as crackers free Diwali. The loud and sudden noise produced by the firecrackers during Diwali festival damages the ear that result in deafness in the people exposed, increases heartbeat, blood pressure, risk of heart attack and sleeping disorders. Firecrackers during Diwali produce pollution that causes a severe damage to the environment and also leads to smog that can be described as a combination of Smoke and Fog. After Diwali the surrounding is completely filled with smog and displeasing smell that stimulates adverse effects on the total health. Smog can occur if there is neither wind nor rain, and it also inhibits the growth of plants and further, it causes serious damage to crops and forests.

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These firecrackers made up of harmful chemicals that diffused into the environment while bursting and elevated the risk of skin problems like itching, rashes, eye infections, sinusitis, respiratory disorders, reduced resistance to cold and lung infections, digestive problems, severe headache accidents and fire. Asthmatic persons are at a greater risk of overall health complications. Hence it is suggested to wear good quality face mask and avoid bursting of firecrackers during the Diwali occasion. Moreover, these firecrackers also raise global warming and increase garbage woes. So, it’s better to celebrate the Diwali festival in an eco-friendly manner by staying away from firecrackers.

Therefore, it’s a humble request to each and every person “say no to crackers” on Diwali or any other special occasions as it’s just equivalent to burning money. Let’s take an oath that we will celebrate the Diwali festival-2017 by organizing parties, get together, playing social games, meeting peoples, sharing gifts and sweets as, this change can bring our family closer during the occasions and further, this forwarding step will protect our planet, family members and makes everybody cheerful as well as intoxicated from the poisonous gases. Avoiding crackers will also protect our loved ones and will bring the family together during such occasions.

Spectro Analytical Lab offers all the facilities and instruments for chemical and quality testing of indoor and outdoor air that contain harmful substances. It also provides training and assistance in this regard.

Switch to Public Transit and Protects The Planet From Global Warming

 Global warming is a serious problem and we don’t need to wait for finding a solution to this problem, but it’s our duty next to the government by acquiring more liable life style: starting from day to day things. Before it is too late it is the responsibility of the public to protect the earth from this serious problem. If we are saving energy, it means that the demand for the fossil fuel is reduced, which lowers the emission of carbon dioxide (the major contributor to global warming). In order to reduce global warming and protect our environment, we must use public transportation like bus (a full bus can take 40 cars off the  road), train, bike instead of drive a car because public transportation plays an important role in finding smart ways to the problems we are facing in our everyday life. It also reduces the other harmful pollutants like carbon monoxide and air pollutants that cause smog. To get rid of this air pollution is to plant trees outside and add household plants that can naturally remove the toxins from the air and lower the health risks from air pollution.

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Riding Public Transportation is Significant in Many Ways:

  • Economically, it is cost effective and helping to reduce the nation’s dependence on petroleum.
  • It also lowers our stress level while driving.
  • It also helps in protecting the environment by conserving natural resources, reduces air pollution and other harmful gases.
  • Increasing economic growth and status by producing “green jobs”.

Public Transportation Helps in Reducing Air Pollution:

Public transport moves people more conveniently as well as efficiently while creating significantly less air pollution to move the passenger as compared to a car or an auto. Buses release only 20% carbon monoxide, 10% hydrocarbons and 75% nitrogen oxides whereas; Trains emit only 25% nitrogen oxides per passenger mile as compared to a single-occupant auto. Clearly, moving from public transport throughout the year makes a great difference in the air quality and use of natural resources. During summer, when harmful ozone levels are at the peak, using public transport makes an even larger difference, especially for those people with respiratory problems. If the people taking keen interest in the journey (short or long) through public transit, biking, car pooling, cycling and walking, then hopefully we are starting a new trend and leading our country in a new direction. So, Ride Transit because it is the smart and healthy way to Go!

Spectro Analytical Lab provides all the facilities and instruments for testing and analysis of hazardous chemicals and pollutants in indoor as well as outdoor air quality.  It also provides training and assistance in this regard.

Indoor Air Pollution- A Major Health Concern

Indoor air pollution is a major environmental health problem affecting both developed as well as developing countries. It bursts from the sources of dust, gases and smoke, and is propagated mainly by human activities. People’s exposure to indoor air pollution is determined by the concentrations of pollutants in the internal environment and, most importantly, by the time individuals spend in polluted habitat. Internal air quality of the residential environment is affected by many factors and with an effort to conserve energy, modern building plan has favoured airtight structures with less ventilation. Outdoor pollution is more hazardous when it becomes indoor air pollution. According to the recent data over 2 million deaths occur every year because of indoor air pollution. Toxic products, improper ventilation, high temperature and humidity are some of the factors responsible for indoor air pollution in our internal environment.

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Sources of Indoor Pollutants Are –

Asbestos: is the main cause of indoor air pollution. Asbestos can be present in different types of materials that are generally used in industries and constructing buildings. They are commonly present in coatings, paints, building materials, ceiling and floor tiles. It has been banned in the US as it is responsible for causing serious health issues such as lung cancer, asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other types of cancers.

Formaldehyde: is another common indoor air pollutant which is present in paints, sealants, and wood floors. It is responsible for the irritation of throat, eyes, and nose and various types of cancer.

Radon: is a gas that naturally occurs in soil and various kinds of bedrocks that can get inside the houses by diffusing through soil. It causes lung cancer.

Tobacco Smoke: causes severe respiratory problems like respiratory irritation, pneumonia, bronchitis, emphysema, heart disease, as well as lung cancer.

Microbes: Microorganisms like bacteria, moulds and viruses can come in indoor areas and responsible for various types of allergies, flu, infections and asthma. They grow well in damp areas as well as in animal dander and make sick.

Objects: such as wood stoves, space heaters, and fireplaces cause respiratory infections, damage and irritation to the lungs.

Chemicals: used in pest control, varnishes, paints, and certain cleaning products emit pollution inside the home and responsible for poor indoor air quality causes bad odours, headache,  irritation in eyes, nose, throat, loss of coordination, liver, brain, and kidney damage and cancer.

Pets and pests: Pets, pests, dust mites, cockroaches and mice are the various sources of allergens. These allergens can lead to diseases of the airways, rhinitis, and asthma. But, people who are allergic should avoid exposure to substances to which they are allergic.

How to Improve Indoor Air quality- Quit smoking, stop using woodstoves as well as certain types of space heaters, use of vacuum cleaner with brushes, keep your shoes out of the living area.

Spectro Analytical Labs Limited offers reliable testing services to their customers with reference to environmental air pollution. It also determines the range of contaminants present in the air pollution.