Lately there has been a lot of discussion about the air quality in Jakarta. Of course, this city’s pollution exposure had the worst rating in the entire world!
Air pollution, although it looks like fog, is actually bad for your health. Prolonged breathing of polluted air can cause various illnesses and even death.
Of course, as a precautionary measure, you need to know how high the air pollution is in your city. This allows you to prepare various preventive measures.
Currently, in some cities, it is easy to check air pollution. You just have to open your mobile or smartphone and find the information there. So how to check air pollution through HP? Keep reading this article to find the answer Yes!
What is air pollution?
Before knowing how to check air pollution by cell phone, it is a good idea to first understand the importance of air pollution.
Air pollution is a mixture of solid particles and gases in the air. Automobile exhaust, factory chemicals, dust, pollen, and mold spores can become airborne particles. Ozone, a gas, is a major component of urban air pollution.
Air pollution is considered dangerous because it can cause respiratory disease, heart disease, and cancer. It also damages plants and buildings.
There are two types of air pollution, primary and secondary. Primary contaminants are removed directly from their source, e.g. B. issued factory chimneys. Secondary pollutants are formed when primary pollutants in the atmosphere react.
Smog is a form of air pollution. It is made up of fog and smoke particles. Smog can cause breathing problems, especially in children and the elderly.
You can help reduce air pollution by using public transportation, walking or cycling instead of driving. You can also recycle, use less energy and eliminate chemical-based products.
What is PM2.5?
Speaking of air pollution, you will hear a lot about PM2.5. What exactly is PM2.5?
There are six main air pollutants: PM2.5, PM10, sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), carbon monoxide (CO), and ozone (O3). Yes, PM2.5 is one of the polluting elements in air pollution.
PM2.5 are particles with a diameter of 2.5 microns or less. It is often referred to as a “fine” particle.
PM2.5 is made up of various components including dust, pollen, soot, smoke, and various types of chemicals. These particles can be inhaled deep into the lungs, which can cause various health problems.
Exposure to PM2.5 can have both short-term and long-term health effects, including:
– Short-term exposure: asthma symptoms; increased risk of bronchitis, pneumonia, and other respiratory infections; heart and lung diseases; increased risk of premature death.
– Long-term exposure: increased risk of heart disease, lung cancer and other respiratory diseases.
PM2.5 is particularly dangerous for young children, the elderly, and people with pre-existing respiratory conditions, such as asthma and COPD.
How is air pollution calculated?
There are several ways to calculate air pollution. The most common method is to use the Air Quality Index (AQI). The AQI is an index that uses a scale of 0 to 500 to rate air quality. The higher the AQI, the worse the air quality.
To calculate your AQI you need to know the following:
– Concentration of pollutants in the air.
– The health effects of these pollutants
– The length of time you were exposed to contaminants
Once you have your AQI, you can interpret the results using the following scale:
0-50 = good
51-100 = medium
101-150 = unhealthy for a sensitive group
151-200 = unhealthy
201-300 = very unhealthy
301-500 = dangerous
In Jakarta itself, daily AQI values range from 101 to 200. In other words, the air quality is unhealthy.
How to check air pollution with HP
How to calculate air quality yourself is quite difficult for ordinary people. Fortunately, there are already a variety of online services to help you. Among other things are…
Apps IQAIR AirVisual
It is a widely used online application or service today. The AQI data presented is correct. The company has worked with various government agencies to present reliable data.
These include the Ministry of Environment and Forests and the BMKG.
To check air pollution, you can download the IQAIR AirVisual app on your mobile phone. You can also visit the official website i.e. www.iqair.com/id/indonesia.
The app or website presents various important data on air pollution, such as: B. Air pollution level (based on AQI value), current number of pollutants, up to the ranking of the countries with the worst air quality.
You can also check the air quality with the Breath app. This is an app created by former Gojek marketing manager Piotr Jakubowski with Nathan Roestandy.
The new air pollution data is visible in the Nafas app. No data is displayed on the company’s official website. Interestingly, the app is already available for Android and iOS.
In the Nafas app you can see the regularly updated air quality. Breath uses multiple sensors spread throughout the city.
You can also have the app alert you when the air quality is poor.
Apps our air
This app was developed by Greenpeace Indonesia. The purpose of this application is to determine the air quality in various cities in Indonesia. This app can only display the air quality in Jakarta, Bandung, Semarang, Bali and Pekanbaru.
Interestingly, you will get various information on how to “combat” the threat of air pollution.
Controlling air pollution with AirKita is easy. All you have to do is download the app, log in and choose the city where you want to see the air quality.
After that, you will receive AQI data. There is also a history of the AQI during different time periods.
Well, this was how to control air pollution with your cell phone. What method did you use?