💚 Clean Air For Everyone 🌬️

💚 Clean Air For Everyone 🌬️

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Dennis Kamprad

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Happy Monday 👋

We all want clean air, right?

I have to admit that I didn’t know that air pollution is the 4th most deadly health risk worldwide…

But I do know about a few ways to limit my own contribution to polluting our air. My favorite one is commuting with my bicycle to virtually everywhere. And if I can’t use my bicycle then I’m all in for public transportation.

But there’s much more beyond that—and this is exactly what our event of the month is all about!

Here are the impactful insights that I have for you today:

  • How to get involved in National Clean Air Month 🌬️
  • Researchers develop a sustainable way to recharge magnesium batteries 🔋
  • Amazon Deforestation falls to a 5-year low 🪵
  • And more… 💚
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🌬️ Event of the Month: National Clean Air Month

👉 Did you know that next month (May) is National Clean Air Month? This awareness event was established in the US to raise awareness about the importance of clean air for human health and the natural environment. 

1️⃣ The big picture: National Clean Air Month was founded in 1972 by the American Lung Association to promote the benefits of clean air and encourage action to reduce air pollution. The event is kicked off with Air Quality Awareness Week, where each day is dedicated to a specific clean air initiative. During the rest of National Clean Air Month, communities and organizations hold events and activities to promote clean air, such as educational campaigns, and clean-up initiatives. 

2️⃣ Why is this important: Air pollution kills 13 people every minute due to lung cancer, strokes, and heart disease. In fact, air pollution is classed as the 4th most deadly health risk worldwide, causing 40% of all chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) cases. Furthermore, air pollution is bad for business, causing $8.1 trillion in annual global health costs. Fortunately, awareness of air pollution is growing, causing more businesses and individuals to make changes to better support our natural environment. 

3️⃣ How can you get involved: There are many ways you can get involved in National Clean Air Month from raising awareness to reducing your own pollution footprint. For example, you can consider walking or cycling instead of driving to reduce carbon emissions, or plant more trees and vegetation in your garden to attract wildlife and contribute to carbon sequestering.

You can also consider donating to one or more charities that are working to improve the state of our natural planet, reduce pollution, and improve air quality, such as:

If you are looking for more inspiration, you can find a wider range of charitable causes to support in our charity support blog.

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📢 Three Good News

🔋 A group of researchers have developed an efficient, sustainable method to recharge magnesium batteries:

  • Researchers at Tohoku University have developed a new cathode material, using rock salt oxide, for recharging magnesium batteries, even at low temperatures. 
  • This is a significant advancement in magnesium diffusion within a rock salt structure because the denseness of atoms in previous designs have reduced magnesium migration. 
  • This new development is expected to improve energy storage solutions by making them more affordable, safer, and higher in capacity.

🪵 Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon falls to a 5-year low:

  • Forest clearing detected by Brazil’s deforestation alert system fell to the lowest level in nearly 5 years according to data released in early April.
  • Since the 1970s, roughly 20% of the Amazon rainforest has been destroyed, putting millions of animal and plant species at risk, including the critically endangered Spix’s macaw.
  • Deforestation registered over the last 12 months amounted to 4,8162 km, which is 53% lower than the deforestation recorded in the previous year and the lowest annual level since 2019.

🍃 Research suggests that wind farms are more land efficient than previously thought:

  • Research led by McGill University has shown that wind turbine structures only use 5% of the perceived space taken up by wind farms because current calculations take into account the entire farm area. 
  • Wind power is an affordable and renewable energy source. However, decision-makers have been reluctant to invest in it because of a perception that they require a lot of land when compared to electric plants that use fossil fuels.
  • The method that’s been developed can potentially be used for future assessments of various energy technologies as well as reassure decision-makers that wind farms are a viable alternative to fossil fuels. 
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🤝 Three More Important Awareness Events

🚚 April 29, National Supply Chain Day:

  • Unless you are completely self-sufficient, you are directly impacted by the supply chain.
  • National Supply Chain Day was introduced in 2020 by an American Packaging outlet to raise awareness about the way the supply chain affects everyone, and how we can be better partners and benefactors of the global supply chain system.

🐕 April 30, National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day:

  • In 1981, the American Humane Society created National Adopt a Dog Day to bring awareness to the plight of dogs living in shelters, and encourage people to adopt them. 
  • The day has since expanded to other types of shelter animals, but the principle remains the same; adopt, don’t shop.

💉 April 22-30, World Immunization Week:

  • Observed in the last week in April, World Immunization Week aims to educate the public about the history and importance of vaccines. 
  • This week, organizations also come together to focus on challenges to vaccine accessibility and work to identify scalable, sustainable solutions to vaccination inequity.

Related: You can discover all the 109 most important awareness events (for the month, days, weeks) in our awareness calendar for April 2024!

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📜 This Week in History

👰 April 29, 2011: Prince William of Wales married his long-term girlfriend Catherine Middleton in a royal ceremony that was broadcast to millions of television viewers worldwide. 

📺 April 29, 2018: Animated TV series The Simpsons aired its 636th episode, becoming the longest-running scripted prime-time show in the US. 

⚛️ April 30, 1897: English physicist J.J. Thompson announced his discovery of the electron, which helped to revolutionize our understanding of atomic structure. He later went on to win the Nobel Prize for Physics.

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💭 Quote of the Day

“As we conquer peak after peak we see in front of us, we do not see the horizon. In the distance tower still higher peaks, which will yield to those who ascend them still wider prospects, and deepen the feeling, the truth of which is emphasized by every advance in science, that ‘Great are the Works of the Lord’.”

— J.J. Thomson, English physicist

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