Air Quality in Sao Paulo

Air quality in Sao Paulo is one of the worst in the world. This pollution and poor air quality contribute to illness which detracts from the economic, social and business health of the area. Much needs to be done to deter the air pollution and improve the air quality, but it takes knowledge and action.

Sao Paulo is located in southeastern Brazil and is the capital of the state of Sao Paulo. It is approximately 250 miles from the well-known city of Rio de Janeiro. Sao Paulo is the largest and most populated city in the Southern Hemisphere. It has been estimated that approximately 29 million people live in the area in and around Sao Paulo; that’s a lot of people. It’s flanked on one side by mountains and on the other side by the sea. The surroundings of Sao Paulo make it a beautiful location, but also contribute to the pollution problem, much in the same way Los Angeles suffers. Unfortunately though, this city also has the distinction of being one of the lowest rated cities in air quality in the world as well, which is seen in the health problems of many of its citizens, especially the children.

Children are especially vulnerable to breathing problems caused by air pollution, though seniors are also at risk. In the cities that are near the top of the list in air pollution, you will find a big correlation between the air pollution in the city and the incidence of respiratory problems in children. Sao Paulo is no different. It is even dangerous to unborn children, as found by a study done by the UCLA Department of Occupational and Environmental Health. Air quality in Sao Paulo was considered in this study, due to the fact that carbon monoxide was found in the umbilical cords of several babies of nonsmoking mothers. Carbon monoxide can cause fetal death and other problems associated with oxygen reduction in the womb.
The major sources that contribute to air Sao Paulo’s air pollution include vehicle emissions and manufacturers and industries. There are approximately seven million vehicles registered in Sao Paulo and three million of them are driven daily. As far as industries are concerned, there are approximately 40,000 different industries in the state of Sao Paulo. All of these issues come together to increase the particulate levels, as well as the carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide levels in the air, which can cause smog and other environmental problems.
Air quality is not the only issue in Sao Paulo, however. The two rivers that cross the city, the River Tietê and River Pinheiros, are also polluted. Action is being done to clean up these rivers to help make them safer for the citizens of Sao Paulo. By getting the word out about the cities around the world who are in severe danger due to their air quality and other pollution issues, we are setting in motion change that can make a big difference to the city’s citizens and future generations.
This beautiful city needs more to be done about its air quality problem than is being done. Many organizations, including the Clean Air Initiative, are trying to get the word out about the air quality in Sao Paulo and in cities around the world. By getting knowledge out there, more can be done to help increase the air quality. This can save lives, money, and the environment from many of the effects of poor air quality. And as air quality increases, along with the quality of life, prosperity can reign.

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