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Air Pollution

A Real-time Map of Air Quality in the World

The World’s Air Pollution map gives you a real-time view of the air quality in your area.  The map is provided by the World Air Quality Index project, a social enterprise project started in 2007.

Click on the map image, then use your mouse to hover over your region, city or town.  The map is very helpful in determining the air quality in your city today.

StyleSEAL filters are color-coded to match the colors of the Air Quality Index (AQI), so you can select the filter which best protects you from the air pollution in your  area.

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You breathe more air than you think

Most of us are concerned about our health and well-being.  We watch what we eat, exercise, get checkups at the doctor and do other healthy activities.  But are you as careful about the air you breathe?  Probably not, because we haven’t been taught to think this way.  An average adult male at 70 kg (154 lb), inhales approximately 10,800 liters (2,642 gal.) of air a day or more.

That’s over 273,700,000 liters (72,118,970 gal.) during an average lifespan. The Equivalent of 109 Olympic Swimming Pools!

Obviously that’s a lot so you should be careful.  All air is not created equal or healthy to breathe.  Our air can look clean, but can be full of all kinds of dangerous invisible pollutants and germs.  Even if you live in the cleanest mountain air, airborne disease can be rampant at your work or school.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of the USA:

“Health studies have shown a significant association between exposure to fine particles and premature death from heart or lung disease. Fine particles can aggravate heart and lung diseases and have been linked to effects such as: cardiovascular symptoms; cardiac arrhythmias; heart attacks; respiratory symptoms; asthma attacks; and bronchitis. These effects can result in increased hospital admissions, emergency room visits, absences from school or work, and restricted activity days. Individuals that may be particularly sensitive to fine particle exposure include people with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children”

Even the world’s finest cities like Singapore suffer from pollution from time to time

Particulate matter less than 10 micrometers in diameter (PM10) pose a health concern because they can be invade into and accumulate in the respiratory system. Particulate matter less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter (PM2.5) are referred to as “fine” particles and are believed to pose the greatest health risks. Because of their small size (approximately 1/30th the average width of a human hair), fine particles can lodge deeply into the lungs. Read more about particulate matter here.

StyleSEAL is the umbrella for your health

  • Anyone in areas with high pollution levels should always be prepared with a StyleSEAL Air Mask and an adequate supply of replacement filters for whenever unhealthy conditions exist.
  • We all have an umbrella for when it rains, we all should have an air mask when pollution,  communicable diseases or other airborne threats put us at risk.

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9 in 10 people are living in dangerous levels of pollution

Mother Earth isn’t the only one suffering from rising levels of air pollution. A recent report by the World Health Organization revealed that in 2014, 92 percent of the world’s population was living with levels of air pollution that exceeded what WHO considers to be safe.

The WHO is particularly concerned about higher concentrations of pollution particles that are smaller than 2.5 micrometers (PM2.5). These particles are tiny enough to “be inhaled, travel into the lungs, and enter the bloodstream,” The Washington Post reported. “People think of air pollution as a respiratory disease,” said Carlos Dora, head of WHO’s air pollution team. “And in fact, it’s heart disease, strokes and cardiovascular. Because there’s very small particles that go into the blood. … The damage air pollution does to the vessels is similar to the damage that cholesterol or high blood pressure do.”

In 2012, an estimated 7.3 million people died from air pollution, produced both inside the home and outdoors. The problem is particularly prevalent in low- and middle-income countries. According to the WHO, these countries accounted for 88 percent of the 3 million premature deaths caused by outdoor air pollution in 2012.

It’s time to think more about air pollution so you can protect yourself and your family

The most important thing you can do is to be aware of the pollution in your city and in your local environment. Please see our Air Quality page for more information on how to know your local air quality and how to react. Download the AirVisual app that provides daily update messages to your smartphone of the air quality in your city.

Below you can see some maps which help to give more information about the air we are breathing:

Also take some time to watch this YouTube video from the World Health Organization: Air pollution is an invisible killer that lurks all around us, preying on the young and old. Learn how it slips unnoticed past our body’s defenses causing deaths from heart attack, strokes, lung disease and cancer.

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