Each of us sustains our life by breathing about 20,000 times a day.
Yet for almost four centuries, we have been polluting our life-giving air, especially in the industrial world, taking little or no action to preserve its clarity and freedom from toxins.
In 1661, John Evelyn, a respected London diarist and founder of the Royal Society, wrote the world’s first treatise on air pollution: The Fumigugium, The Inconvenience of the Aer and Smoak of London Dissipated. In it he refers to Greek philosophers who believed that air was the “primary substance of the soul.”
Here’s a history of Earth’s disintegrating air, told from an English point of view.
Next is a Chinese example (from The Economist) of how activists worldwide are handling air pollution.
The Borgen Project is one of thousands of small non-profits around the globe working to diminish air polllution. As further example of our current world-wide challenges to restore clean air, here is their accessible and straight-forward report on air pollution in Africa.
This is a quick, ten-minute introduction to the science of air polllution.
Here’s how to breathe cleaner air in polluted cities, a TED talk by Saketaram Soussilane.
Also a report from Sigma Earth in India, written in March 2022, offering clarity and promise on restoring fresh air.
So how exactly is your neighborhood air moving today? This is totally cool, an image of the globe with all the current surface level winds charted on it.