Grants Pass, OR (PRWEB) April 08, 2014
The natural humidity in the air we breathe is essential to all terrestrial life, and even aquatic life, says water researcher and advocate Sharon Kleyne, host of the Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water® radio show. As a result of increasingly severe and widespread drought and worsening air pollution worldwide, according to Kleyne, scientists are discovering that Earth’s atmosphere has been losing some of its precious, life sustaining humidity.
Sharon Kleyne is Founder of Bio Logic Aqua Research, a fresh water, atmospheric and health research and product development center. Natures Tears® EyeMist® is the Research Center’s global signature product for dry eye. Kleyne also hosts the globally syndicated Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water® radio show, broadcast on the VoiceAmerica Variety Channel, Health and Wellness Channel, and Apple iTunes.
Kleyne based her statements on her own research and on the work of former NASA Atmospheric Scientist L. DeWayne Cecil, PhD.
The primary result of losing atmospheric humidity, according to Kleyne, is an increase in pressure on liquid water on the Earth’s surface to evaporate. Because of increase evaporation pressure, many rivers and lakes have been drying up in recent years, and so have human eyes, skin and bodies. Physical dehydration, and diseases associated with dehydration, including dry eye and dry skin, are becoming an increasingly widespread global health crisis.
Low atmospheric humidity increases the rate of water evaporation from the skin, eyes and body, and also makes oxygen transfer in the lungs more difficult. Under zero humidity, the human body,/ which is 60 to 70% water, would dry up and turn to dust.
The drying and warming of surface fresh water affects aquatic life, soil microbes and runoff into the oceans. Ultimately, all life would be affected.
Kleyne is reluctant to attribute the loss of atmospheric humidity completely to human activity but notes that gasified fresh water vapor constitutes 70% of the atmosphere’s greenhouse gasses. It should be noted that the CO2 in the air, which constitutes 15% to 20% of greenhouse gasses, is toxic to humans whereas atmospheric water vapor is extremely beneficial.
Recent Climatology studies, according to Kleyne and Dr. Cecil, indicate that while humidity at the surface has not yet been seriously affected, except in areas of drought and pollution, humidity in the upper atmosphere, the building blocks of clouds and precipitation, has declined. Fewer clouds mean more solar radiation and greater climatic extremes.
The widespread presence of air pollution, particularly certain types of suspended particulates such as carbon soot and fly ash, according to Kleyne, tends to reduce the amount or rainfall in an area. That’s because those particles have the ability to attract and accumulate water vapor droplets. When that happens, the gasified water vapor in the air falls back to the ground before reaching the upper atmosphere and contributing to clouds and precipitation.
Kleyne offers several solutions to the low atmospheric humidity. The first is to control pollution, especially widespread pollution containing carbon soot and fly ash. Second is to educate people about proactively keeping their eyes, skin and bodies well hydrated rather than “depending on nature” for this. Drink at least eight glasses of fresh water a day in addition to all other fluid intake, take frequent baths and showers, wear sunscreen or protective clothing outdoors, and if necessary, mist face and eyes frequently with an all-water, personal hand-held humidifier such as Nature’s Tears® EyeMist®, a product of Kleyne’s Bio Logic Aqua Research.
The Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water® airs live on Mondays at 10 a.m. PST/PDT at. http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2207/the-sharon-kleyne-hour. Podcasts of all past shows may be heard any time at http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2207/the-sharon-kleyne-hour or at http://sharonkleynehour.com.