Pick solar energy over fossil fuels to stop pollution

Pick solar energy over fossil fuels to stop pollution

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 14 of the world’s 15 most polluted cities are Indian.1 Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the head of WHO states air pollution as the “new tobacco”. The simple act of breathing is killing 7 million people a year and harming billions more.2

Sulfur dioxide emitted from the combustion of fossil fuels like coal and petroleum is one of the major cause of air pollution. In a report by the International Energy Agency (IEA), by 2040 the number of premature deaths are projected to rise from 3 million today to 4.5 million due to the drastic rise in air pollution. 3 The average life expectancy is also likely to fall by about 15 months.

The effects of climate change are not subtle anymore. The increase in mean annual temperatures has caused the Himalayan glaciers to melt at an alarming rate, floods and other natural calamities are occurring with an increased frequency. There has been a recorded decline in the monsoon levels and an increase in the unpredictability of the monsoon patterns. This change in the monsoons may cause flooding in some states of India while other states may face droughts. Again, this in turn will affect the crop production. India’s major revenue is through agriculture alone and the majority of the population have rice and wheat as their staple diet.

India has the fastest-growing population of over 1.3 billion and while the country grows exponentially in terms of its economy, the environmental conditions can no longer be ignored. If our path to growth is not environmentally sustainable, havoc can break loose and the damage done may become irreparable.

Solar energy systems do not produce any greenhouse gases.   It generates clean and renewable energy. Most of the industrial manufacturing processes require water which is a major cause of pollution. Solar mitigates this environmental pollution because photovoltaic cells do not require water to generate electricity.

Environment Minister, Harsh Vardhan said that economy and ecology must go together for India’s sustainable development. (September 2018)  Global Warming and climate change are real challenges that need to be tackled head front. ‘There is no path to protecting the climate without dramatically changing how we produce and use electricity.’ Renewable energy is the need of the hour. Switch to solar today. We invite you to request a free custom solar quote from Suntuity, one of the best and fastest growing solar company in India, today.

Footnotes:

  1. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/blogs/toi-editorials/dont-breathe-india-tops-the-world-in-bad-air-quality/
  2. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/oct/27/air-pollution-is-the-new-tobacco-warns-who-head
  3. https://www.mapsofindia.com/my-india/india/environmental-issues-in-india-today

Sources:

https://www.worldwildlife.org/magazine/issues/summer-2015/articles/importance-of-renewable-energy-in-the-fight-against-climate-change–3

http://www.scind.org/906/Environment/air-pollution-in-india-causes-and-tips-to-guard-against-air-pollution.html

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