The major way Nigerians are tackling the epileptic power supply in Nigeria is through the procurement and installation of diesel-powered generators. In Nigeria, diesel emissions from domestic generators surpass those from workplaces, trucks, and buses, and pose greater risks to human health and the environment due to proximity to homes and prolonged duration of use. This write up will help you see why you should rather switch to solar alternative. Many Solar Energy Companies in Nigeria are already sprouting up in a bid to enlighten Nigerians on the need to switch to solar. Let us first examine the dangers of inhaling the fuel exhaust that comes from these generators as it has been responsible for dozens of deaths across Nigeria.
Fossil fuels are slow and quiet killers
Diesel exhaust contains more than 40 toxic air contaminants, including many known or suspected cancer-causing substances, such as benzene, arsenic, and formaldehyde. It also contains other harmful environmental pollutants, including nitrogen oxide, currently the single most important ozone-depleting emission. Nitrogen oxide is unregulated by the Montreal Protocol. In relation to human health, it is estimated that up to 70% of cancer risk attributable to inhalation of toxic air pollutants in the United States arise from diesel exhaust. Exposure to diesel exhaust has been linked to lung cancer in occupational settings. In Nigeria, indirect evidence of the impact of diesel exhaust on lung cancer is indicated by its rising incidence among urban-based nonsmokers less than 60 years old, most of whom use diesel generators on a daily basis.
The Solar Alternative
Solar and wind alternative energy sources are gradually becoming popular in Nigeria. While some are scared about the cost, it is still wiser and more cost-effective at the long run. A key health benefit is that our air and atmosphere would no longer be polluted by greenhouse gases, but also by other pollutants which are emitted by fossil fuel plants or through the combustion of fossil fuels through transport.
But it is not just air pollution that would drop; our waters would also stand to gain. Because wind and solar energy require essentially no water to operate, there would be a reduction in water use and pollution which would make more resources available for drinking water as well as economic sectors such as agriculture.
Researchers indicate that some common diseases linked to air and water pollution include:
- breathing problems,
- neurological damage,
- heart attacks,
- and cancer.