Climate change affects many things in our society. In this essay, I will be discussing the correlation between increased air pollution and respiratory issues. Air pollution has been known to play a big part in triggering hospital visits in people with respiratory issues. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, also known as COPD, is a group of diseases that cause airflow blockages and breathing related problems . Asthma, emphysema, and bronchitis are a few diseases that fall into the COPD group.
Air pollution is associated with many signs of asthma aggravation, such as increased bronchial hyper-responsiveness, visits to ED, hospital admissions, and increased medication use . Air pollution in the form of carbon dioxide and methane raises the earth’s temperature.  Increased temperatures and humidity cause air not to move and trap pollutants. This causes irritation in the airway and makes it difficult to breathe. Climate change induces the increased length and severity of the pollen season and the higher occurrence of heavy rain. All these factors make it difficult to breathe and causes increased usage of rescue inhalers. The increased use of medication leads to increased toleration and decreases its effectiveness.
Everyone can do their part in trying to reduce air pollution by using public transportation, turning off lights when not in use, recycle and being mindful of any smoke-related activities such as fireworks and chimney usage. Educating people on the potential triggers and the different ways to deal with them is the best way to help them avoid hospitalization.