Air quality is important simply because we can’t avoid breathing the air around us. The average adult breathes in about 20 cubic meters, or 20,000 liters of air a day. Other planets have sunlight, but only our earth has air and water. Without all of these there would be no life. A diverse community of plant and animal life has thrived on this planet for millions of years, sustained by the sun and supported by the soil, water and air.
Air pollutants mainly come from the discharges of gases and particles mainly from industry, motor vehicles and Biomass combustion. There are also natural sources such as wind-blown dust and smoke from bush fires. Some forms of air pollution create global problems viz., upper atmosphere ozone depletion and acid rain. The enhanced greenhouse effect also falls into this category.
Policy makers are active in framing rules and regulations for the better management of air pollution thereby ensuring better air quality. Rules and regulations work well at institutional level but at the individual level awareness and conscientious is very important to effectively reduce the air pollution.
APPCB is assessing the ambient air quality in the state. A monitoring network with 60 ambient air quality-monitoring stations through out the state are placed to assess the changes in air quality. In addition to it in Hyderabad continuous ambient air quality monitoring station has been installed. Based on the results of these monitoring stations, the government of A.P has taken preventive measures to control air pollution from different sources. APPCB is monitoring the point source emissions regularly and directions to install / upgrade air pollution control equipment are given to the industries that are exceeding the standards.