What portable indoor air purifier should I buy to remove air pollution inside my home? I want to use the air filters to reduce my wife’s suffering from multiple chemical sensitivity.
Response: If your wife spends most of her time at home in one or two rooms, then placing a suitable portable air cleaner near her in each room should help reduce particle levels – and thus improve the indoor air quality. If she spends time at home in many rooms or your home has an open floor plan, portable air cleaners may not be the best solution. You may want to look at other possible solutions, such as a whole house air cleaning system.
Portable air cleaners are the most common type of air cleaner. They are small and plug into the wall much like a counter-top kitchen appliance or a portable heater. There are many models of portable air cleaners to chose from. In choosing the best portable air cleaner for you, you should consider the following three factors:
Efficiency. Most portable air cleaners use a filter to remove dust and other particles from air that is moved through the filter by a fan. The efficiency of the filter is the fraction of particles removed by the filter. The best performing portable air cleaners have HEPA-grade efficiency, meaning that they remove at least 99.97% of 0.3 micron particles from the air that passes through them.
Continue to Part 2 to understand more about portable air cleaners.
Air pollution is now the world’s biggest environmental health risk with 7 million deaths per year. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), its effects can reach far beyond your heart and lungs. According to a new paper published by researchers at the California Institute of Technology,
air. This causes clouds to grow denser, resulting in more intense storms above the ocean.
Since the Pacific storm track is an important component in the global general circulation, the impacts of Asian pollution on the storm track tend to affect the weather patterns of other parts of the world during the wintertime, especially a downstream region [of the track] like North America.
I’m a mom-to-be. Now as we are constructing our new home, we want to ensure the best possible living environment to welcome our coming baby. Modern science provides us with a great deal of information on what’s safe and what isn’t. But still, we can’t grasp all the facts. To make things easier, parents must identify and prioritize the potential risks, and then approach that list in systematicway.
1. Non-Toxic Paints
Most paints emit dangerous volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and continue to do so for years. To avoid these vapors seeping into the air, opt for paints labeled water-based, VOC-free and non-toxic. Keep in mind that no paint is completely safe, so pregnant women shouldn’t paint ever, and you should paint the nursery months in advance of the baby’s arrival.
2. Non-Toxic Furniture
VOCs are not only from paints and stains but are also found in many common household items, including furniture. VOCs are generally found in cheaper furniture that uses particleboard and the like, but they can sometimes be found in the stains put on high-quality pieces. Green or all-natural furniture is the better option because it’ll be made from certified sustainable wood and with non-toxic finishes.
3. Green Bedding
It’s also important that parents choose organic bedding for their baby. Remember, babies spent most of their time sleeping, and their metabolism is working at a phenomenal rate, which makes them highly vulnerable to the contaminants found in many ordinary bedding options. The ideal option is 100-percent organic cotton, and ensure that whatever you choose hasn’t been treated with bleach or formaldehyde.
4. Indoor Air Quality
Unexpectedly, the air inside our homes is often far more dangerous than outdoor air. To correct the situation,we need to eliminate pollution sources throughout the home, ensure optimal ventilation and employ comprehensive air purification measures. Optimal air purifiers are those that use HEPA technology, which is able to filter pollen, dust, mold, bacteria and other tiny but dangerous particles.
Here’s a potentially life-saving and thirst-quenching design prototype that we like: British designer Alon Alex Gross has created fog and dew collectors that build on conventional techniques of rain harvesting with lightweight, modern materials. Yet, the design is easy enough for people living in water-scarce developing areas to collect clean drinking water
His dew collector, pictured above, weighs a mere 400 grams and has a special laminate foil that pulls dew drops to it, allowing it to collect up to 1.5 liters of fresh water per night. Because extreme conditions can harm the laminate foil, Gross has also designed an additional sensor system that can react to atmospheric changes by opening or closing the apparatus accordingly. Both are very refreshing and low-tech design responses, providing water to people who need it most.
We’ve all been to hotels with the “save water” cards that ask you to reuse your towels by hanging up and we feel good about doing something for the planet. Well, the Marriott Hawaii takes one step further, for the sake of providing our guests with a more beneficial and green island experience.
The JW Marriott Ihilani Resot & Spa is the first in Hawaii and one of the first in America to use the PURE system, whereby guests on the 17th floor and the Presidential Suite can receive an ultimate allergy-friendly room environment. The PURE system treats the room to remove contaminants from bedding, carpeting, walls, furniture, air conditioning systems, and practically everything in the room, which are particularly annoying for room guests.
A study from the Cornell University found that one third of travelers had allergy problems and 83% of the travellers said they would prefer to stay in pure and clean rooms if they had the chance and 81% of people who did not have allergies said they, too, would prefer an allergy-free room. When the JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa converts its 35,000-square-foot Ihilani Spa, it will become the first and only spa facility in the U.S. to be entirely allergy-friendly.
The five Marriott Resort hotels in Hawaii all aim to be not just allergy-free, but also energy efficient, protective of native wildlife and responsible in their water use.
The final implementation of Turkey’s ban on smoking took place in July 2009. It was once thought as a big hail to the public health. But one environmental engineer pinpointed that it might take more than banning cigarettes in enclosed spaces to truly clear the air.
Industrial Pollution Causes Cancer Too
People are still facing the risk of cancer even without being exposed to cigarette smoke. In Dilovası, an industrial city in the Marmara region, levels of air-borne toxins are 30 times higher than European Union standards, adding that 32 percent of deaths in the area in recent years have been attributed to cancer.
300,000 Tons of Sulfur Dioxide
In the southwest city of Yatağan, a coal-fired power plant has released more than 300,000 tons of sulfur dioxide into the air since it opened in 1982. Environmentalists have called for the facility to be shut down.
While smoking bans may well be implemented, other environmental laws are often not enforced, allowing factories to get away with not controlling or filtering their emissions. Indeed, if thesmoke-free air space campaign is meant to be supported, it is much more important to reduce air pollution caused by the industry apart from banning cigarettes.
Going green is a big trend nowadays. The truth is that everything single thing we do every day has an impact on the planet — good or bad. The good news is that as an individual you have the power to control most of your choices.
Eat real food
Eat seasonal, local, organic foods. This way we can enjoy fresher, tastier foods and improve our personal health. Organic milk has 68% more beneficial Omega-3 fatty acids than conventional milk. Making green food choices also has global consequences. Buying local reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from transportation, and reduce packaging and energy used for processing.
Better transportation, better global climate
Anytime you choose to walk, ride a bike, or try public transportation, you reduce the carbon dioxide and particulate emissions created by your own vehicle. You help combat global warming. Choosing greener options such as a train over air travel for long-distance trips can also greatly reduce your carbon footprint.
Utilize the recycle bin near your neighbourhood. Reducing the amount of stuff we consume is important; finding a practical use for waste materials is the second. Remember, nothing is ever really thrown “away” – it all has to go somewhere. By recycling and reusing, we reduce the amount of waste that occupies in landfills (where trash takes years of time to degrade.). Recycling materials also reduce the use of new materials for making new products.
Smart clothing choice
Making clothing needs a large amount of materials, energy, and labour. By choosing eco-friendly clothing (let’s say the organic one), you also choose a better product that gives less burden to our land. Also use cold water in the washing machine and eco-friendly detergents can all reduce the environmental impact. Secondhand clothes can also save the energy and your pocket.
Have your tried water that’s been left overnight, or even for another day? How do you think about the taste?
Treated water’s added chlorine that takes care of microorganisms, but at room temperature they begin to multiply rapidly and can really get the things crazy. But that’s not what makes old water taste stale. For that we can thank carbon dioxide. After about 12 hours tap water starts to go flat as arbon dioxide in the air starts to mix with the water in the glass, lowering its pH and giving it an off taste. But it’s most likely safe to drink.
However, back to those microorganisms. Be careful if you use a dirty glass day after day, since there bacteria is likely to grow by themselves. But if you use a fresh glass every few days, you likely won’t have a problem. Unless the rim of the glass has been touched by dirty fingers.
As for plastic water bottles that has been exposed to the sun or left in the car, step away from the bottle. This’s warned by Dr. Kellogg Schwab, director of the Johns Hopkins University Water Institute, “A chemical called BPA, along with other things used to manufacture plastic can leak into your water if the bottle heats up or sits in the sun,” he explains. BPA is a hormone disruptor that is tentatively linked to everything from heart disease to cancer.
He also adds that plastic used for commercial bottled water isn’t meant to be washed or refilled, so use only one time and recycle. Or way better, don’t buy them at all; use a refillable water bottle instead.
Be careful with antibacterial cleaners
The antibacterial and ‘cleaners’ that many people think are helpful don’t clean hands better than soap and water, and also add to the risk of breeding “super germs,” bacteria that resist to the chemicals.
Toss toxic cleaners carefully
When handling your finished cleaning products, don’t just throw the old ones in the trash. If they’re too toxic for your home, they won’t be good for the drain or the landfill either. Many communities hold toxics electronics recycling days and will take all of these off your hands. Throwing chemicals in the trash or down the drain means they might end up back in your water supply.
Employ a green house cleaning service
For people don’t have the time to clean their own homes, there are an increasing number of green cleaning services out there to help get things done. If you can’t find one in your area, call around until you find a service willing to use the products and methods you specify.
Keep the toxins away from your room
Imagine what’s on your shoes at the end of the day. Bringing that oil, animal waste, particulate pollution, pollen, and who knows what else into the house. Especially for kids that spend time on floor level. Keep a good doormat and maintain a shoeless house policy. Less dirt also means less sweeping, mopping, and vacuuming, which means less work, water, energy, and fewer chemicals. So, why not?
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is now starting to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from airplane engines, one more anti-pollution action after ground transportation and power plants. The EPA wants to derive authority from the Clean Air Act to control “air pollution that causes climate change and endangers public health and welfare,” but it is not a new rule alone. It is seeking help from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), which is quite disturbing because this organization is more or less run by the airline industry.
The transportation industry always complains at the beginning when there are new rules, claiming that they are cost too high. But after a while, we see more innovations than was present before. Electric cars and plug-in hybrids probably wouldn’t be developing at this rate if fuel economy standards weren’t on a fairly steep ramp over the coming years, and if emission regulations weren’t being tightened.
Right now, planes represent about 11% of emissions from the U.S. transportation sectors, but the industry is expected to continue growing. And while there’s a clear path for ground transportation to decarbonize, things are more difficult for planes, so it’s best to get regulated right now. One possible destination for the industry would be much more efficient planes that are powered by truly carbon-neutral advanced biofuels.