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  • Several Colorado counties issue ozone alerts due to wildfires

    Ozone alerts are not uncommon during the summer when the sweltering heat traps smog at ground-level, but factors other than pollution can cause the need for an alert as well.

    Recently, smoke burning from wildfires that have broken out across Colorado prompted some towns to issue ozone alerts, according to NewsFirst5. The Denver-Boulder area is included on the list of counties that have been given a warning due to the high levels of smoke.

    The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Regional Air Quality Council determined that an alert was necessary until 4 p.m. on June 8 due to the wildfires, according to the Times Call. Individuals with respiratory diseases were advised to be especially alert due to the heightened risk of health complications.

    Those who live in high-polluted areas, such as cities, can use an air purifier to remove irritating particles from their homes. A HEPA filter can trap cigarette smoke, pollen and mold spores.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus can be especially helpful for people with allergies or respiratory illnesses. Its HyperHEPA filter can eliminate ultrafine particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size. The IQAir HealthPro Plus is designed to purify the air in up to 900 square feet of space.

  • Ozone alerts issued for several Ohio counties

    When air pollution surpasses standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency, legislators are typically prompted to issue ozone alerts. This was the case across a number of counties in Ohio recently when smog became a health hazard, according to the Newark Advocate.

    Licking, Delaware, Franklin, Knox, Fairfield and Madison County were all placed under ozone alerts by the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission. Strong winds and temperatures reaching approximately 90 degrees Fahrenheit were partially to blame for the alert. The wind is expected to shift the smog across the region.

    Individuals with respiratory illnesses, children and the elderly are susceptible to health complications during an ozone alert. Staying indoors while the warning is in effect can help reduce the chances of suffering from pollution-related ailments.

    People in the affected region are encouraged to reduce their carbon emissions by carpooling and utilizing public transportation when possible.

    Air purifiers equipped with HEPA filters are effective in removing irritating particles from living spaces. The IQAir HealthPro Plus is designed to trap ultrafine particles from homes, ranging from pollen to cigarette smoke. Its HyperHEPA filter can clear up to 900 square feet of space and make it easier to breathe.

  • Ozone alert issued for Long Island due to air pollution

    Ozone alerts have been created to not only warn individuals of dangerous levels of air pollution, but encourage people to think green as well.

    Recently, an ozone alert was issued for Long Island, New York, after the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and State Department of Health determined that air pollution levels were hazardous. Individuals who exercise outdoors, small children, older adults and people with respiratory conditions are all at risk of health complications during an alert, according to the Long Island Press.

    During an alert, local residents are encouraged to carpool or use mass transit systems to reduce the overall amount of air pollution in the region. Conserving fuel and reducing exhaust can also help.

    Individuals who live with respiratory illnesses or just want to breathe easier can purchase an air purifier for their homes.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus can help remove pollen, dust, cigarette smoke and smog from the atmosphere with its HyperHEPA filter. Ultrafine particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size can be eliminated from up to 900 square feet of space. The IQAir HealthPro Plus is ideal for individuals with conditions such as asthma and allergies.

  • Kansas City issues first ozone alert of the year

    Although it is anything but pleasant to issue an ozone alert, many cities are forced to do so as a result of high levels of air pollution. Recently, Kansas City put its first ozone alert in place at the orange level, according to the Kansas City Star. The Mid-America Regional Council issued the warning after it felt that there was a high concentration of smog at groundlevel.

    The orange level alert was issued in an effort to warn individuals with respiratory conditions to stay indoors between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. while the air pollution is high. Elderly people and small children are also at risk of breathing complications when exposed to large amounts of smog. High concentrations of air pollution can surpass standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency.

    Individuals who suffer from respiratory illnesses can reduce their chances of health complications with air purifiers. The IQAir HealthPro Plus can make it easier for people to breathe in their own homes after an ozone alert has been issued.

    The HealthPro Plus has a HyperHEPA filter that is designed to trap ultrafine particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size. It is capable of removing pet dander, dust, pollen and cigarette smoke from up to 900 square feet.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Offshore drilling may mean more air pollution in Alaska

    Alaska has been an important source of oil for decades, but lawmakers are attempting to speed up the harvesting process with a new bill. A Republican proposal at the House recently suggested increasing the rate at which companies conduct offshore drilling, according to Bloomberg News. As a result, Alaska residents are raising their eyebrows at the prospect of more air pollution.

    "This bill will create tens of thousands of jobs, increase energy security, and lessen our dependence on foreign oil," Cory Gardner, the representative who proposed the bill, told the news source. "It will add billions of dollars in salary to Alaska and other states over the next several decades, bringing good paying jobs to our country."

    Despite the new job opportunities, many people are becoming vocal about the impact the drilling will have on the atmosphere. For those with respiratory conditions, the situation may become dangerous.

    Individuals who want to keep their living spaces pollution-free may want to consider purchasing an air purifier. The IQAir HealthPro Plus is one product that can remove everything from pollen to cigarette smoke from the air. Its HyperHEPA filter is designed to trap ultrafine particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size that are known to cause irritation and allergic reactions.

  • ALA study pushes California to reduce air pollution

    Cars have long been known to be the cause of air pollution across the country, and new statistics show that reducing pollution may pay off - literally. A report recently released by the American Lung Association in California (ALA-California) shows that the state can save approximately $6 billion in healthcare costs by increasing car emissions standards, according to ABC affiliate News 10.

    "State government and local governments should do whatever they can to serve as a role model and to bring these cleaning models, ah, zero emission plug in electric vehicles, and hybrid electric vehicles into their fleets," Bonnie Holmes-Gen, ALA-California representative, told the news source.

    Pollution created by cars can have devastating effects on individuals who live with respiratory conditions such as asthma. However, air purifiers can help rid the atmosphere of pollutants in the home and make it easier to breathe.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus is designed to remove dust, pollen and harmful toxins from up to 900 square feet of surrounding space. Its HyperHEPA filter can trap ultra-fine particles that are less than 0.3 microns in size, creating a safer space to breathe.

  • Atlanta suffers from smog, dangerous pollution levels

    Pollen count is often a cause for concern during the spring season, but Atlanta is now dealing with another culprit that's causing chaos in the air: smog. Recently, the city received a Code Orange warning from the Environmental Protection Division aimed at notifying residents of dangerous pollution levels in the atmosphere.

    Children and people with respiratory conditions were most vulnerable to poor air conditions, according to the Atlanta Constitution-Journal. During this time last year, the city exceeded federal standards by double the amount of acceptable pollutants. The ozone forecasting season runs from May 1 to September 30.

    Experts recommend avoiding strenuous activities outdoors and to carpool in order to reduce emissions. Smog can complicate breathing, regardless of whether an individual suffers from a respiratory condition.

    Air purifiers can help you remove contaminants from your home. The IQAir HealthPro Plus contains a HyperHEPA filter, which is ideal for individuals who suffer from asthma or allergies. This air purifier can trap particles that are smaller than 0.3 microns in size.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus can also remove pet dander, pollen and musty odors from up to 900 square feet of space.

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