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Surprising Facts about Air Pollution

In addition to helping your company avoid incurring fines for not coming into compliance with the EPA regarding emissions standards, we are also proud of how our services and equipment protect the environment. Our continuous emissions monitoring systems guarantee both by being reliable and by using state-of-the-art technology to make sure that your stay in compliance with 40 CFR part 98 regarding the mandatory reporting of greenhouse gases. Here is some food for thought about the damage that pollution can and has caused to the environment.

  • Fact: Air pollution shortens the average person’s life by as much as 1 – 2 years.
  • Fact: Air pollution is more toxic to children due to their smaller lungs, weaker immune systems and lesser lung capacity.
  • Fact: 65% of the deaths in Asia and as much as 25% deaths in India are caused by air pollution.
  • Fact: The number of deaths caused by air pollution is comparable to diseases like malaria and HIV.
  • Fact: Deforestation for animal grazing is estimated to emit as much as 2.4 billion tons of CO2 every year.
  • Fact: Huge industrial plants are not the only sources of harmful emissions. Factory farms contribute to air pollution by releasing compounds such as hydrogen sulfide, ammonia, and methane.
  • Fact: One third of the air pollution in San Francisco comes from air that travels from China to the Central Valley in the United States.
  • Fact: According to The American Lung Association, 40% of the American population is exposed to unhealthy air.
  • Fact: Los Angeles is one of the most polluted American cities in terms of ozone pollution. Bismarck, North Dakota is among the least polluted in terms of ozone.
  • Fact: Air pollution is so great in Beijing China that breathing the air in that city is comparable to smoking 40 cigarettes per day. Moreover, particulate levels there are five times greater than the national average

In short, our equipment not only keeps you from incurring the wrath of the EPA and accumulating penalties, it also helps you to become a good corporate citizen. Doing so requires equipment that is reliable and a commitment by businesses to protect the earth from greenhouse gases and other kinds of pollution. That is why we are here.

What You Should Know About the Volkswagen Emissions Scandal and Settlement

Just as several companies including Subaru have committed to taking steps to fight pollution and aid in the reduction of C02 to the environment, one company has chosen to add a black mark to its name. The company is Volkswagen and the black mark is on this car company’s name when it was revealed last year that they were cheating in order to make their cars appear as if they had lower emissions of harmful gases. Specifically, the company admitted that it used software that could detect when the emissions of its diesel engine cars was being tested and could change the performance in order to improve the results. This scheme affected more than a half-million diesel cars in the U.S. and roughly 10.5 million more worldwide. As a result of the scheme, U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer approved the final $14.7 billion settlement on October 25, 2016.


The case is an example of what can happen when short cuts and deception are used to achieve a specific result. Such incidences besmirch the reputation of long established businesses who otherwise have good standing in the public. The Volkswagen Scandal and subsequent settlement also illustrate that when it comes to analyzing emissions, honesty is the best policy. Science is what must be used to reduce our negative impact on the environment and to come in compliance with the EPA.


At Cems-Experts we use Fourier-Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) technology and CEMS engineering to ensure that our clients can accurately and thoroughly test their emissions and not run afoul of the EPA resulting in costly fines and penalties. (FTIR spectrometer simultaneously collects high-spectral-resolution data over a wide spectral range by using an infrared spectrum of absorption or emission of a solid, liquid or gas.) We don’t take shortcuts where our clients are concerned since the costs can be too great to their name and to the environment.


We conduct real-time reporting of air quality for pollutants of concern including ozone, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, particulate matter and volatile/toxic organic compounds and use state of the art equipment to do so. That is why you will never find us using short-cuts. That is also why our clients rely on us.