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  • Many citizens concerned about poor air quality

    Although steps are being taken to reduce emissions and pollution throughout the U.S., many smaller areas are still facing uphill battles when it comes to cleaner air. Indoors, some individuals are turning to medical-grade devices such as the IQAir GC MultiGas to ensure the air they breathe is clear of many irritants and pollutants. Unfortunately, that won't help improve the outdoors. 

    In Utah, many citizens are anxious about the quality of the air. The Salt Lake Tribune conducted a survey that found more than two-thirds of residents favor stricter air pollution regulations. Additionally, nearly 60 percent of respondents are more concerned about the air quality than they were five years ago, and more than 60 percent would be willing to change their driving habits to improve the atmosphere. 

    "The growing concern in the public is understandable," Amanda Smith, director of the Utah Department of Environmental Health, told The Salt Lake Tribune. "We know more, there is more health data, [and] more studies showing the real and serious impacts of poor air quality." 

    It's not only Utah natives who are concerned. KSL.com reported that visitors to the state were deterred by the poor air, particularly in Salt Lake City, where the major airport is located. Several of those travelers said the pollution would cause them to think twice about moving to or visiting the region. 

  • Electric vehicles won't impact air pollution, study shows

    When it comes to decreasing pollution and improving air quality, there are many steps that can be taken by individuals. In recent years, a popular choice was to get behind the wheel of an electric vehicle, as these automobiles do not run on gas or emit exhaust. However, a recent study from North Carolina State University found that these vehicles may not be as effective as drivers are led to believe. 

    According to the research, even a large increase in the use of electric cars by the year 2050 would not significantly reduce pollution emissions. This could be attributed to the fact that power plants must be used to manufacture the vehicles, and emissions from cars on the road contribute only a small amount to overall pollution rates. 

    "From a policy standpoint, this study tells us that it makes more sense to set emissions reductions goals, rather than promoting specific vehicle technologies with the idea that they'll solve the problem on their own," said Dr. Joseph DeCarolis, senior author of the study. 

    Although electric vehicles may not make a big difference in the great outdoors, smaller investments such as home air purifiers can cause a change within a home. Consider the IQAir GC MultiGas, which is ideal for clearing the air of a wide variety of odors and chemicals. 

  • Air pollution tied to heart attack risk

    Air pollution has been tied to many environmental dangers, but there are also several health risks associated with rising levels of smog. One recent study found that prolonged exposure to low-quality air leaves individuals at a higher risk for a heart attack or similar coronary problems. 

    According to the research, which was published in the British Medical Journal, people who lived in areas with a high concentration of particulate matter in the air were more like to have a heart attack. In fact, the data showed these individuals were as much as 12 or 13 percent more likely to suffer from a coronary health issue. 

    "Our results show that exposure to particulate matter poses a significant health risk - and an even greater risk than previously thought," said Dr. Annette Peters, the lead author of the study. "The adverse health effects that occurred at exposure levels below the current specified limits are particularly alarming." 

    Much needs to be done to clear particulate matter out of the air, but as a preliminary step, individuals can invest in home air purifiers. These devices, such as the IQAir GC MultiGas, are capable of clearing the air around a home of a wide variety of irritants. 

  • Chinese emissions affect air quality in the US

    A new study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that manufacturing in China is responsible for some of the air quality issues throughout the western portion of the U.S. While outsourcing production to the Asian country has reduced emissions in certain regions of North America, about 12 to 24 percent of the pollution on the West Coast can be traced back to Chinese production, CNN reported. 

    Despite the fact that areas such as the U.S., Japan and Europe have decreased emissions over the past decade, global emissions of air pollutants have remained high during that time. Much of the pollution can be attributed to the rising emissions produced from China, the study found. 

    "Outsourcing production to China does not always relieve consumers in the United States - or, for that matter, many countries in the Northern Hemisphere - from the environmental impacts of air pollution," the researchers wrote, as quoted by the Los Angeles Times.

    Regardless of location, most individuals will be able to enjoy the benefits of a professional-grade device such as the IQAir GC MultiGas. The air filter is capable of clearing the air of a wide variety of irritants, including pet odors, cooking smells, secondhand smoke and more. 

  • Chinese emissions affect air quality in the US

    A new study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that manufacturing in China is responsible for some of the air quality issues throughout the western portion of the U.S. While outsourcing production to the Asian country has reduced emissions in certain regions of North America, about 12 to 24 percent of the pollution on the West Coast can be traced back to Chinese production, CNN reported. 

    Despite the fact that areas such as the U.S., Japan and Europe have decreased emissions over the past decade, global emissions of air pollutants have remained high during that time. Much of the pollution can be attributed to the rising emissions produced from China, the study found. 

    "Outsourcing production to China does not always relieve consumers in the United States - or, for that matter, many countries in the Northern Hemisphere - from the environmental impacts of air pollution," the researchers wrote, as quoted by the Los Angeles Times.

    Regardless of location, most individuals will be able to enjoy the benefits of a professional-grade device such as the IQAir GC MultiGas. The air filter is capable of clearing the air of a wide variety of irritants, including pet odors, cooking smells, secondhand smoke and more. 

  • Utah's air quality among nation's worst

    When people think of areas with heavy pollution, large cities blanketed in smog likely come to mind. However, one of the areas of the U.S. with the worst air quality is Utah - and the pollution may be reaching unhealthy levels.

    According to The Associated Press, Utah has already urged its citizens to drive less and refrain from burning wood. Those with asthma, allergies, heart problems or respiratory issues are encouraged to stay inside. 

    Unfortunately for Utah residents, there is no easy fix for the air quality problem. A professional-grade air cleaner purifier such as the IQAir GC MultiGas can go a long way toward clearing the air of irritants. This may not be enough to improve the air quality of the entire area, but it is a great way to make a home a more comfortable place. 

    "This is complex," Rep. Joel Briscoe (D-District 25) told Fox 13 News. "It's not going to be fixed easily in one year. It's going to take a lot of concerted action on the part of a lot of people. On private industry, state government, private citizens: we all have to do our part." 

    Air pollution affects all parts of body function, so taking strides to reduce pollution is key. In the meantime, individuals should make an effort to create a healthier environment for themselves. 

  • Study finds diesel exhaust may lead to lung cancer

    Living in areas with heavy vehicle traffic can be a nuisance, but it also may have a major impact on personal health. A recent study published in Environmental Health Perspectives found that as much as 6 percent of all lung cancer deaths in the U.S. and U.K. can be attributed to diesel exhaust. 

    In 2012, the World Health Organization stated that diesel exhaust is a harmful carcinogen. However, little research had been done examining the extent of the problem. Now, scientists are aware of the far-reaching effects of the exhaust. Although regulations are getting stricter and diesel emissions are becoming cleaner, factory workers, truckers, frequent drivers and even residents are still at risk. 

    "With millions of workers currently exposed to such levels, and likely higher levels in than past, the impact on the current and future lung cancer burden could be substantial," the authors of the study wrote. 

    People living in heavily trafficked areas can be proactive about purifying the air they breathe. Professional-grade devices like the IQAir GC MultiGas can be a huge help, as they clear the air of a wide variety of irritants, including many chemicals and pollutants normally found in populated regions. 

  • Study finds diesel exhaust may lead to lung cancer

    Living in areas with heavy vehicle traffic can be a nuisance, but it also may have a major impact on personal health. A recent study published in Environmental Health Perspectives found that as much as 6 percent of all lung cancer deaths in the U.S. and U.K. can be attributed to diesel exhaust. 

    In 2012, the World Health Organization stated that diesel exhaust is a harmful carcinogen. However, little research had been done examining the extent of the problem. Now, scientists are aware of the far-reaching effects of the exhaust. Although regulations are getting stricter and diesel emissions are becoming cleaner, factory workers, truckers, frequent drivers and even residents are still at risk. 

    "With millions of workers currently exposed to such levels, and likely higher levels in than past, the impact on the current and future lung cancer burden could be substantial," the authors of the study wrote. 

    People living in heavily trafficked areas can be proactive about purifying the air they breathe. Professional-grade devices like the IQAir GC MultiGas can be a huge help, as they clear the air of a wide variety of irritants, including many chemicals and pollutants normally found in populated regions. 

  • San Francisco area faces intense air pollution

    When people think of California, images of sprawling beaches, wide-open forests and the scenic Pacific Coast Highway likely come to mind. In recent weeks, however, much of the San Francisco Bay Area has been covered by layers of smog and air pollution.

    A combination of dry weather and nearby fires creating massive amounts of smoke has caused the pollution level in San Francisco, San Jose and surrounding areas to reach nearly triple the federal health standard, the San Jose Mercury News reported. Soot, dust and other debris is stuck in the area, with no weather patterns available to clear the air. 

    "It's like living in a terrarium. There's no rain and no winds. So we aren't having the normal cleansing effect," Lisa Fasano, spokeswomen for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, told the San Jose Mercury News. 

    No matter what area of the country is being affected by air pollution, the residents can turn to medical-grade home air purifiers like the IQAir GC MultiGas. This device is able to clear the air of a wide variety of irritants, including second-hand smoke or chemicals stemming from large populations of people, manufacturing plants and heavy traffic. 

  • Eastern states are affected by Midwest pollution

    Air quality may differ by region, but a large influence on one area's pollution may be the manufacturing going on hundreds of miles away. According to The New York Times, states along the East Coast are suffering, as the wind carries polluted air from the Midwest, and to battle this problem many of the Eastern regions are planning on petitioning the Environmental Protection Agency to enforce stricter regulations. 

    The eight states, including New York, Connecticut and Maine, have historically had more rules regarding air pollution. They want the rest of the country to implement these regulations as well, as the pollution from Midwest factories, coal-powered plants and traffic are affecting quality of life across the country. 

    "Maine has more of a stake than most states with these laws because of our geography," Ed Miller, senior vice president for policy at the American Lung Association of the Northeast, told The Portland Press Herald. "And we have higher rates of lung disease, higher rates of asthma and we have a larger older population that tends to be more susceptible to air pollution." 

    While most residents will have to wait to see the outcome of these petitions, they can take steps to improve the air in their own homes. Air purifiers like the IQAir GC MultiGas can go a long way toward making it easier to breathe indoors. 

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