Why Eco-Friendly Cars Are Important

saudi-arabia-carsThe transport sector is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions for many countries. The biggest reason why is because of the conventional car, as vehicles account for over half of the emissions from the transportation sector. Your typical car emits carbon dioxide and many other harmful chemicals that are hurting the environment and human health. This makes driving the right vehicle more important than ever.

Driving an eco-friendly vehicle is a great way to help human health and the environment. A green vehicle releases less harmful chemicals into the air, as it emits low carbon compounds when running. Find out the different reasons why eco-friendly cars are so important, and how they can help prevent more damage to the environment.

Impact of Pollution on the Environment

Car pollution is one of the major causes of global warming. The greenhouse gases and carbon dioxide that cars emit end up trapped in the atmosphere. This has caused temperatures and sea levels worldwide to increase over the years. As car pollution continues to effect global warming, you can also expect storms, floods and droughts to be more severe.

The rise in temperature has caused ice caps and glaciers to melt. This has not only caused sea levels to rise, but also warmer temperatures. It will have an impact on hurricanes as well, as storms increase in strength due to warmer ocean surface temperatures.

The chemicals that vehicles emit also affect the air, soil and water quality. The different chemicals have weakened the ozone layer and caused acid rain. Furthermore, the weakening of the ozone layer exposes the earth to harmful ultraviolet radiation from the sun. Providing further damage is acid rain, which adversely affects crops, forests and all aquatic environments. It releases aluminum in the soil and makes the water in aquatic environments acidic.

How Pollution is Hurting the MENA Region

Look at the MENA region if you want an example of how vehicular pollution is affecting the environment. They have experienced more severe heat waves, longer droughts and more dust storms than ever before. The Middle East and North Africa have also experienced longer and drier seasons. This makes it tougher for farmers to grow crops.

Arab region is among the worst performers in air quality

If conventional cars continue to be the most common source of transportation for humans, the environment will only get worst. The Middle East and North Africa region will only get hotter and drier. Such circumstances may eventually not allow farmers to grow any crops, which means a lot more people will be without work. The area may also become too hot and humid for anyone to live in. It is one of the hottest regions in the world, and temperatures will only continue to rise at this rate.

Pollution and Human Health

The different substances vehicles release in the air not only affect the environment, but also your health. Carbon monoxide and other chemicals that your typical car emits can harm you. The chemicals affect the quality of the air you breathe.

Not having the quality of air that you are supposed to breathe in causes damage to your respiratory system, especially if you suffer from asthma. These gases can also be cancerous. There are numerous cancers caused by outdoor air pollution, and vehicles play a large part in this situation.

Benefits of Eco-Friendly Vehicles

With global warming and health concerns on the rise because of the chemicals cars produce, it is important to buy the right vehicle. Purchasing an eco-friendly car is the way to go. They are a lot more affordable than they were in the past, and this investment is a way to help your health and the world you live in.

Hybrids and electric vehicles are “eco-friendly” for a reason. Electric cars do not burn any fuel. They run solely on electricity, which means they don’t release any harmful chemicals into the air you breathe. Hybrids, on the other hand, are different from conventional and electric vehicles. Hybrids possess an electric motor and an internal combustion engine, which is what a conventional vehicle runs on. The fact that hybrids possess two engines and rely on electricity more often means that they burn less fuel than your average car.

In any case, whether you obtain an electric car or a hybrid, you still need to apply for car registration before you can drive it legally. So be sure to complete the necessary DMV procedures directly after making your purchase.

About Salman Zafar

Salman Zafar is the Founder of EcoMENA, and an international consultant, advisor, ecopreneur and journalist with expertise in waste management, waste-to-energy, renewable energy, environment protection and sustainable development. His geographical areas of focus include Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe. Salman has successfully accomplished a wide range of projects in the areas of biomass energy, biogas, waste-to-energy, recycling and waste management. He has participated in numerous conferences and workshops as chairman, session chair, keynote speaker and panelist. Salman is the Editor-in-Chief of EcoMENA, and is a professional environmental writer with more than 300 popular articles to his credit. He is proactively engaged in creating mass awareness on renewable energy, waste management and environmental sustainability in different parts of the world. Salman Zafar can be reached at salman@ecomena.org or salman@bioenergyconsult.com
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