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  • Pennsylvania residents urge coal plants to reduce emissions

    Although new energy sources are regularly being discovered, many reliable resources are still being used to serve communities across the country. In Pennsylvania, coal plants dot the landscape, providing power to local residents. However, more environmental activists are standing up to the pollution that these plants are creating, according to Forbes magazine.

    Recently, hundreds of Pennsylvania residents met in Philadelphia to voice their concerns to representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency. They claim that the mercury, arsenic, lead and nickel emissions that come from coal plants put people at risk of exposure to these dangerous elements.

    "Young children are uniquely vulnerable to the toxic effects of environmental poisons such as mercury and arsenic," Kevin Osterhoudt, medical director of the poison control center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, told the news source.

    Air purifiers can help individuals remove toxins from their living spaces and breathe easier on a regular basis. The IQAir HealthPro Plus has a HyperHEPA filter designed to trap ultrafine particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size. It can be beneficial for individuals who are living with allergies and respiratory conditions.

  • Iowa company to invest $100 million in reducing pollution

    Many communities are forced to breathe in air pollution as a result of toxic chemicals and the by-products of factories, but one Iowa company is working to benefit the environment. Recently, the Grain Processing Corporation (GPC) announced that it will invest $100 million in cleaning the air over the next four years, according to the Muscatine Journal.

    "We like the smell of our own cooking, but we need to recognize the fact that not everyone does," Gage Kent, CEO and chairman of the board of Muscatine Foods Corporation, GPC's parent, told the news source. "This is going to make us a little less noticeable."

    GPC will spend $20 million on upgrading its environmental control system and $75 million on a dryer at the plant site to reduce pollution.

    Individuals who suffer from respiratory conditions may have trouble breathing as a result of air pollution, but air purifiers can relieve these complications in a living space.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus can be beneficial for homeowners who want to breathe easier on a regular basis. Its HyperHEPA filter is designed to trap ultrafine particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size, such as smoke, pollen and mold spores.

  • Dry weather causing pollen to linger for longer

    People have already been suffering from spring allergies for months, but experts say there is little relief in sight - that is, until it rains a bit more. The dry weather across many regions of the country has allowed pollen and other allergens to stick, according to The Tribune in San Luis, California. Although it has helped some residents with their work, it has caused nothing but sneezing and misery for others.

    "The ranchers and cows are very pleased with the amount of forage that the rains have produced, but unfortunately as the grasses dry and the wind blows, allergens spread and it can be quite uncomfortable," Sally Krenn, terrestrial biologist, told the news source.

    There are a number of ways individuals can reduce sniffling and sneezing in their own homes. Keeping windows closed during windy days can prevent pollen and mold spores from entering the house. Air purifiers can also remove any irritants from the living space to reduce the risk of allergic reactions.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus has a HyperHEPA filter that can be beneficial for individuals with allergies and respiratory conditions such as asthma. It can remove ultrafine particles from up to 900 square feet of space and make it wholly easier to breathe.

  • Code Orange alert issued for Atlanta due to smog

    Atlanta is not only known for its lively southern culture, but for its air pollution as well. Although it is not something to be proud of, residents and legislators alike are conscious of the smog that engulfs the city on a regular basis.

    Recently, a Code Orange alert was issued for the ozone forecast in Atlanta after nearly surpassing regulations, according to The Weekly. On May 12, the city recorded its third ozone violation of the year. As the warm weather continues to roll into the region, environmental and health officials stress that smog control is going to be more crucial than ever.

    Individuals who suffer from respiratory conditions, children and the elderly are at risk of developing health complications as a result of smog. Atlanta is just one of many cities across the U.S. struggling to control air pollution.

    Air purifiers can help remove pollution and irritating particles from living spaces. The IQAir HealthPro Plus has a HyperHEPA filter designed to trap ultrafine particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size within 900 square feet of space. It can be beneficial for individuals with respiratory complications and those who just want to breathe a little easier.

  • New Yorkers finding relief from pollen following storms

    Many New Yorkers have been sniffling and sneezing through the beginning of allergy season, but recent rainstorms have brought much-needed relief to individuals in the northeastern region of the country.

    Recently, New York had seven straight days of rain that totaled more than 4 inches, according to the Wall Street Journal. As a result, much of the pollen that had been lingering because of the dry weather has since been washed away.

    "A patient who is suffering from pollen allergies probably does pray for rain as opposed to the rest of us who pray for sun," said Gary Stadtmauer, a Manhattan allergist. "Grass pollen will be kicking in very soon, I'm afraid."

    Experts say that tree pollen allergies typically taper off by the end of May, but air purifiers can be beneficial for allergy sufferers until this time rolls around.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus comes with a HyperHEPA filter that can trap everything from mold spores to dust, reducing the risk of allergy attacks. It can remove ultrafine particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size from up to 900 square feet of space, making it easier for allergy sufferers to breathe.

  • Phoenix, Las Vegas named worst cities for ragweed season

    Although pollen is often the main topic of discussion when allergies are mentioned, ragweed is another culprit that causes several breakouts throughout the spring. Recently, Quest Diagnostics released the results of a study aimed at determining which U.S. cities had the highest rates of ragweed and mold allergies.

    Phoenix, Las Vegas and Kansas City were among the worst cities for ragweed and mold-sufferers, according to the data. Miami, San Francisco and Portland were near the bottom of the list with amounts that were three times lower than the cities at the top of the study.

    "Considering that the ragweed season traditionally begins in August, Americans suffering from ragweed allergies should expect a very long summer," said Stanley Naides, the medical director of immunology at Quest Diagnostics.

    Individuals who suffer from seasonal allergies can find relief through air purifiers, which can remove irritating particles from the atmosphere.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus has a HyperHEPA filter that can remove ultrafine particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size from up to 900 square feet of space, easily eliminating pollen, dust and pet dander from your indoor environment.

  • Montana residents support EPA regulations for pollution

    Air pollution has long been known to cause a number of health complications and even increase the mortality rate among individuals exposed to toxic chemicals for extended periods of time. However, residents in the Billings, Montana, area have been lucky enough to avoid these complications, thanks to the Clean Air Act.

    Recently, a petroleum and manufacturing industry conglomerate has been pushing Montana legislators to loosen Clean Air Act regulations, claiming that they hurt the economy. However, experts say that the act has saved billions of dollars in healthcare costs that would be related to dangerous respiratory conditions, according to the Billings Gazette.

    A survey conducted by the State of the Rockies Project found that 62 percent of Montana voters support Environmental Protection Agency regulations.

    Individuals living with a respiratory condition in a polluted area may want to consider purchasing an air purifier to help them breathe easier in their living spaces.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus can help remove air pollutants from up to 900 square feet with its HyperHEPA filter. The air purifier is designed to trap particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size, ranging from pollen to cigarette smoke. This may help prevent allergic reactions and future asthma attacks.

  • Rush immunology may eliminate allergic reactions

    Many people aren't crazy about the prospect of receiving injections to temporarily relieve their allergy symptoms, but new research suggests that a flood of shots may be able to get rid of seasonal allergies altogether.

    Recently, Dr. Summit Shah from the Dublin Methodist Hospital found that using rush immunology can help patients prevent allergy symptoms for the upcoming season, according to 10-TV News. The treatment involves receiving a large series of shots to prevent allergic reactions.

    "If you're allergic to, let's say ragweed, which is coming up this fall, if you undergo rush therapy today, by this upcoming fall season, you'll be symptom free," Shah told the news source. "This is a lifelong cure."

    However, there are still helpful options for individuals who want to avoid taking shots altogether. Air purifiers can remove pollen and other irritants from living spaces for easier breathing.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus is one air purifier that can remove ultrafine particles smaller than 0.3 microns through its HyperHEPA filter. Using the device can remove allergens from up to 900 square feet to reduce the possibility of allergic reactions.

  • Environmental group sues EPA for air pollution

    Recently, a number of environmental groups took action in response to the San Joaquin Valley's failure to comply with ozone level standards in California. Earthjustice is threatening to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for allowing federal standards to fall by the wayside, according to the Hanford Sentinel.

    Ozone is hazardous and can contribute to the development of smog. The American Lung Association recently released a list of the top 10 U.S. cities with the worst air conditions - eight of which were in California.

    "Our children suffer some of the highest asthma rates and our elderly some of the highest rates of heart disease," Kevin Hamilton, a registered respiratory therapist, told the news source. "We've waited long enough for the responsible agencies to do their jobs. We need action and we need it now."

    Individuals who are concerned about the effect pollution might have on their breathing may want to consider purchasing an air purifier. This product can be especially helpful for people with respiratory conditions.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus can help people breathe easier thanks to its HyperHEPA filter. The device can trap all kinds of ultrafine particles ranging from mold spores to pet dander.

  • Allergy symptoms commonly confused with sinus infections

    Many people are quick to shrug off sneezing and itchy eyes as signs of an allergic reaction, but research suggests that a majority of individuals often mistake the condition with sinus infections.

    A survey conducted by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) found that out of 621 participants, only 36 percent of allergy sufferers consult a physician for their symptoms. As a result, more people suffer from sinus infections than necessary, according to WebMD.

    "If you have allergy-like symptoms that last longer than 12 weeks, or symptoms that occur more than three times per year, with symptoms usually lasting more than 20 days despite treatment attempts, you may have chronic sinusitis," Mike Tringale, vice president of external affairs at the AAFA, said in a news release.

    Individuals who suffer from allergies throughout the year may want to consider using an air purifier to remove contaminants from their living spaces.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus contains a HyperHEPA filter that can help allergy sufferers remove ultrafine particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size. This includes irritants such as pollen, cigarette smoke and pet dander.

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