Here are some tips on how to keep the air in an acceptable condition in the Antarctic.1.
Avoid air pollution from air conditioning and heating systems.
Antarctica’s air pollution has been growing in recent years, with recent studies showing that emissions of fine particulate matter (PM) are increasing, particularly in the winter months.
Air conditioning and heaters can be harmful to the air quality.2.
Keep your home and yard in good condition.
You don’t need to be an expert to know that keeping your home, garden, yard and/or other outdoor spaces clean is important for the health of the climate.3.
Stay off your power for the first week after your visit.
There is a risk that the particles from your power will escape into the air.4.
Wear appropriate protective clothing, such as gloves, long sleeves, face shields, face masks, face guards and face shields with eyes and nose masks.5.
Make sure to wear gloves, face shield and nose mask during all your outdoor activities.
If you have any allergies, it’s best to wear masks to reduce the risk of cross-contamination.6.
Take steps to reduce carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) emissions.
Make the most of the year with activities such as hiking, biking, snowshoeing, skiing, sailing, and sunbathing, all of which can reduce CO 2 emissions.7.
Get help if you experience any respiratory symptoms.
If your symptoms include cough, shortness of breath, runny nose, and other respiratory symptoms, ask your doctor to rule out a respiratory illness.8.
Consider getting an air purifier.
If CO 2 levels are too high in your home or garden, consider installing an air-purifying device.9.
Stay hydrated during the cold winter months and cool off in the summer months.10.
Avoid using outdoor heating or cooling devices when cold weather is predicted.
If a building has a heater or air conditioning unit, make sure it’s operating properly.11.
Take care of yourself in the coming weeks.
Keep in mind that air pollution levels in Antarctica are often higher than in Canada, which is due to its climate.
If there are any symptoms of respiratory illness, call 911 immediately.