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Posted by Royal Sundaram on 05 Jun 2013
The high speed era we live in, imagining a world without motorise vehicles is a fantasy. While our cars make reaching point ‘A’ to ‘B’ convenient, we end up burning a lot of fossil fuel and emitting tons of pollutants in the air. It is important we look at means by which we do not compromise on our convenience but use our cars in a way that does not harm the environment further.
Ways to reduce pollution from your car –
- Walk or cycle to cover short distances. This maybe a clichéd advice but does oodles of good to your health and the environment.
- If you haven’t already, then convert to lead free petrol. This will reduce your carbon footprints but emitting lesser pollutants in the air.
- Maintain your car well. A car in a good condition is less likely to emit pollution into the atmosphere.
- Need to travel a long distance? Leave your car in the garage and opt for a public transport. It is cheaper and no need to hunt for a parking space.
- Car-pooling is another effective idea to reduce car pollution. If at all you need to take a car, see if you can drop your neighbour to a nearby point or vice versa. Also, you can coordinate with your neighbours to reach your place of work or the nearest station/bus stand through car-pooling. This will take the load of the local transport systems like taxis and rickshaws.
As a responsible citizen of the world you must know how cars can affect the environment. While pollutants releases from the car are not much of a contributor to the depletion of the ozone layer, they are playing a sizeable role in increasing the greenhouse effect.
When your car engine is in action, a number of harmful gasses and particles are released in the environment. Of the various emission made by your car, the ones most detrimental to the environment are carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, nitrogen oxides, sulphur oxides and tiny particles of solids like metal and soot. The other emissions that are serious threat to human health are ozone and carbon monoxide.
Barring the use of motorised vehicle is not a practical solution here. But limiting the use of our cars and using options wherever possible will help build a greener planet.
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