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Less pollution means less asthma

In recent months there has been much debate on global warming and the damage pollutants are causing to our planet. Making the findings of this latest study from the University of Southern California, particularly important.   The team set out to measure the health benefits of cleaning up the air, specifically for children with asthma. […]

Is your home Radon free?

Radon is a gas that occurs naturally as uranium and thorium break down in soil, rocks and water. Outdoors, Radon levels generally remain low, as it dissipates into the air. Nothing too sinister about that you might think. However, Radon is radioactive, and it can find its way into your home, seeping up from the […]

What is the ‘social cost of carbon’?

The term ‘social cost of carbon’ is used by governments to measure the economic impact of releasing more carbon dioxide into the environment. The task of calculating the ‘social cost of carbon’ is extremely complex. In simple terms, economists must predict future population growth and future emission levels, determine how these factors will affect global […]

Dangers lurking in the kitchen

Since the Clean Air Act of 1963 and the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency in 1970, outdoor air quality has been heavily regulated, and polluters are penalized. Harmful gases such as Carbon Monoxide and Sulfur Dioxide have been cut in half and levels of Particulate Matter have been reduced by 80%. So, exposure to […]

Asthma, an unnecessary threat

According to a recent report 4 million cases of childhood asthma worldwide could be attributed to air pollution. Asthma is the most commonly reported non-infectious disease among children. It affects around 1 in 12 people and numbers continue to rise every year.   People with asthma suffer from inflammation of the airways, this causes coughing, […]

April Is World Autism Month

This month is World Autism Month. Hosted by Autism Speaks, the aim is to increase understanding and acceptance of the condition. For people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) there isn’t one set pattern of behaviour but rather a broad range of character traits. As people, we are all different and the same applies to people […]

Air pollution causing psychosis in teenagers

https://www.newsweek.com/air-pollution-could-be-causing-psychotic-experiences-teenagers-1376824 There is growing evidence to show that exposure to air pollution affects our brain chemistry. Causing oxidative stress and inflammation, air pollution has been linked to Alzheimer’s, Schizophrenia, Autism and Parkinson’s disease. And now scientists from the UK have uncovered more information to support this theory. The article, published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, […]

Where does indoor air pollution come from?

We talked recently about the sources of air pollution lurking in our homes. There are up to 60 causes of indoor air pollution. Some, like household cleaning products and scented candles, are easy to spot. However there are many every day household items that may not be so obvious. So we decided to put together […]

Home

Our homes, big, small. Made from wood or brick. It’s where we spend time with our loved ones, where we bring up our children. Comfortable and safe, a place where we can relax at the end of a long day. Our sanctuary. Our homes should be the most secure and healthy environment possible. Free from […]

Childhood obesity linked to air pollution

Despite efforts to tackle childhood obesity in the US, it is still a major problem for many families. According to the National Survey of Children’s Health, more than 15% of children aged between 10 and 17 are obese. So why, even with increased education and changes in legislation, are thousands of American children still dangerously […]