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California Wildfires

Summertime, it’s dry, it’s hot, perfect conditions for wildfires. Right now there are more than 100 active wildfires across the country. At this time of year, even the smallest of things can start a fire. According to officials in Redding, Northern California, the current wildfire was caused by sparks from a flat tire that flew […]

Summer Ozone

Way up in the earth’s stratosphere, as far as 30 miles away, ultraviolet rays produced by the sun react with oxygen to produce what we refer to as the ozone layer. At this level the presence of ozone is crucial, its acts as a protective shield against the powerful UV rays coming from the sun. […]

Third Hand Smoke, It’s a Thing.

The dangers of being around someone who is smoking are well documented. Second hand smoke carries all the same dangers as smoking a cigarette. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) there are around 7000 chemicals in second hand smoke, hundreds are toxic and around 70 cause cancer. Perhaps most alarming, young […]

How Indoor Pollution Affects Women and Children

We know that indoor air pollution can be just as damaging to our health as the pollution on the street. It could be pollution from a cooking stove in Africa or a newly painted bedroom in the US, either way the health risks are the same. Globally, the groups most at risk are the same […]

Is the Air in Your Home Giving You a Headache?

With our busy lifestyles, rushing around and constantly on the go, it’s no surprise that many of us suffer from regular headaches. Lots of noise, stressful situations, too much time looking at our screens and unhealthy sleep patterns can all result in a pounding head. But did you know that air pollution can also cause […]

Formaldehyde Vapors in Most American Homes

According to an article published in Politico Magazine, a source inside the Environmental Protection Agency claims the agency is deliberately sitting on a report warning of the dangers of formaldehyde. The report states that most Americans are inhaling enough formaldehyde vapors every day to cause leukemia and other cancers. Formaldehyde, a colorless strong smelling gas, […]

Diabetes Linked to ‘Safe’ Pollution Levels

Over the years there has been a huge amount of evidence linking air pollution to many diseases including heart disease, stroke, lung cancer, kidney disease and lung diseases such as asthma, emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). More recent studies have shown that exposure to air pollution can also lead to diabetes. Inflammation in […]

The Truth About Ozone Generators

If you are concerned about the air quality in your home, you may have considered buying an ozone generator. They work by producing ozone that reacts with organic material such as odors or smoke and reverts back to oxygen. However there’s a catch… in fact there are a few. The chemical reaction that turns pollutants […]

Air Quality Concerns in Hawaii

As the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii continues to erupt, air quality concerns in the region grow. Officially the most violent eruption in the US since 1980, the Kilauea Volcano continues to release gas and ash into the surrounding areas. Thankfully, at the time of writing, there have been no fatalities but the health of local […]