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Camfil Shows Air Quality Deteriorating in Cities Across the
outdoor air quality worsens, risk of indoor air rises, too,
raising alarm -- and calls for action. Advances in air
filtration can help address the problem.
According to data compiled by the World Health Organization
(WHO), air quality in the vast majority of cities that monitor
their outdoor pollution falls below safe levels. This finding
raises particular alarm as outdoor air pollution can easily seep
indoors, where individuals spend roughly 90 percent of their
Both outdoor and indoor air pollution have been linked to
respiratory diseases such as asthma, as well as strokes, cancer,
and heart disease. In April, WHO issued a public statement
citing poor air quality, inside and out, as one of the largest
risks to health worldwide.
WHO's Urban Air Quality Database covers 1,600 cities in 91
countries that monitor outdoor air quality. An examination of
the pollution those cities have reported, the organization says,
reveals that just 12 percent of the monitored population live in
cities meeting WHO guidelines for air quality. Indeed, about
half of the population is being exposed to air pollution that is
at least 2.5 times higher than recommended levels.
More troubling still, when current pollution was compared to
previously reported levels, deterioration in air quality was
seen for most cities. This, along with WHO's other findings, has
prompted the organization to call for global implementation of
effective air pollution mitigation policies.
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While efforts to
reduce outdoor air pollution have gained increasing attention in
recent years, reducing indoor air pollution has too often been put
on the back burner -- or put aside completely. The irony is that
indoor air quality can often be dramatically improved with minimal
cost and effort. In large part, that's because of advances in air
filter technology -- breakthroughs that allow more efficient removal
of harmful particles from indoor environments.
Creating these next-generation air filters has been a goal -- and a
reality -- for companies like Camfil, the world's leading provider
of clean air solutions. Camfil's innovative air filters -- the
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and need to be replaced far less often -- saving installation,
maintenance, and waste disposal costs in the process.
Air pollution may be a growing problem, but the arsenal of weapons
to fight it is growing, too. Cutting-edge indoor air filters can go
a long way to creating air that doesn't just meet the guidelines,
but sets new standards.
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