Published On: Wed, Oct 5th, 2016

Air pollution can be reason for traffic accidents



A new UK-based research study has discovered that air pollution can be responsible for hundreds of car accidents a year, because as toxic air can damage driver fitness and health.

Researchers from the London School of Economics split the UK into a grid of 32 parts every one containing almost 7,700 square km and mapped accidents to the level of air pollution amid 2009 and 2014.

The researchers from the study found an increase in the concentration of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) of only one microgramme per cubic metre over the everyday standard is ample to augment the standard amount of accidents every day by two percent, with the major effect happening in metropolises.

Researchers further discovered that the enhancement stayed even when adjusting for the additional traffic. Toxic air impairs driver fitness, whereas watery eyes and an itchy nose could, in addition, be disturbing for motorists, they added.

The latest research study has stated that air pollution within a car can be over than twice that on the outside for the reason that the NO2 constructs up in a small space, ‘The Telegraph’ further stated.

Lutz Sager of the LSE further continued by adding that “Although it has previously been illustrated that air pollution unfavorably affects human health and the capability to carry out mental tasks, this is the initially presented research study that evaluates the impact on road safety,”

Air pollution can upshoot from a lot of diverse toxins, involving carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide, small particulate matter and ozone. On the other hand, NO2 was discovered to have the major impact.

Air pollution is a mixture of solid particles and gases in the air. Car emissions, chemicals from factories, dust, pollen and mold spores may be suspended as particles. Ozone, a gas, is a major part of air pollution in cities. When ozone forms air pollution, it’s also called smog. Some air pollutants are poisonous.


About the Author

Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.

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