A new report is out today. Climate scientists say we’ve reached a new air quality milestone: Air quality in the Arctic has now reached 400 parts per million of carbon dioxide. The global combined air quality currently is at 395 ppm. Apparently, it’s just a matter of time for the rest of the world to go above 400 if the Arctic is already there. I remember several years ago reading that anything above 380 on a global scale is the beginning range for significantly affecting weather events.
But whether you buy the climate change science or not, there is another important ramification for greenhouse gas and carbon increases: health. As air becomes more carbon laden, there may be immune-related health impacts. One example, inflammation (an over-aggressive, unbalanced immune response) that may result in the respiratory tract when impurities are inhaled. In fact, a CNN story adds more medical evidence:
“In addition to affecting blood flow, air pollution appears to increase inflammation, an immune system response that is believed to contribute to both heart disease and strokes.”
In other words, immune-responsive cellular inflammation from declining air quality can affect more than just lung and respiratory function.
I guess the take away is, there’s never been a better time for supporting a healthy, balanced immune system.