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Does your cat have asthma?

Just like humans, our feline friends can suffer from asthma too. And just like us, feline asthma occurs when cats are exposed to allergens in the environment, causing swelling, irritation and constriction of the airways. Cats generally develop asthma at around 4 to 5 years old, with females being slightly more vulnerable than males. And […]

Is Florida heading for another toxic summer?

As we head into summer, residents on the Florida Coast may be more than a little nervous about air quality in the region. Specifically, the dangerous toxins produced by the blue green algae, found in canals and waterways. Blooms of algae occur in areas where there are particularly high levels of nutrients such as phosphorous […]

Air pollution is slowly killing us all.

As soon as microscopic pollution particles gain entry into the body, they can literally affect every single organ. And it’s often a 2-pronged attack that causes irreversible damage. That’s the latest news reported in the medical journal CHEST. The primary mode of attack starts when ultrafine particulate matter (PM smaller than 0.1 micron in diameter) […]

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 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, […]