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  • High air pollution levels linked to cardiac concerns

    Air pollution continues to be a large problem around the nation, and a new study finds its effects could spell trouble for people with heart conditions. Researchers from Rice University in Houston, Texas, recently discovered patients with heart problems could be more likely to go into cardiac arrest on days when air pollution levels are higher than normal. 

    Scientists came to this conclusion after comparing cardiac arrest incidents that occurred outside of a hospital setting, with the air quality reports of Houston between 2004 and 2011. More than 11,000 incidents took place over the course of this time, while occurrences increased on days in which air pollution levels were high. More specifically, cardiac arrest risk increased by 4.4 percent for every 20 parts per billion of above average pollution. 

    This is alarming, especially since North America alone accounts for 6 percent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions, according to a joint reports conducted by the Environmental Integrity Project, EarthJustice and the Sierra Club. People suffering from heart conditions might want to consider installing medical grade air purifiers like the Airgle PurePal MultiGas AG950 into their homes to avoid certain issues on a daily basis, but especially on days when air pollution is high.

  • Air pollution partly to blame for rise in childhood asthma

    Air pollution is a serious problem around the nation, with high levels hovering around most of the major cities in the U.S., according to the American Lung Association. Not only does pollution like smog negatively affect a person's body and overall health, but it can also increase the risk of people suffering an early death from issues like heart attacks and stroke. 

    A recent study conducted by scientists from the University of Ulsan's College of Medicine has found a link between air pollution and an increased risk of childhood asthma. The link was made when youngsters also had a history of suffering from bronchiolitis, or inflammation of the bronchioles. Researchers found of the 1,743 children involved, those who had a history of bronchiolitis and who had been exposed to high levels of air pollution, where more likely to develop asthma as a result, in comparison to kids who did not have either problem. 

    "Together, these findings suggest that environmental control may improve respiratory health in children with atopy or bronchiolitis," said Soo-Jong Hong, lead author of the study.

    Even though strides are being made to reduce air pollution levels stateside, it may be helpful for families to install an air purifier like the Airgle PurePal CleanRoom AG900 into the home to give children a chance to enjoy fresh air in their dwellings.

  • Salt Lake City officials make changes to tackle air pollution

    Side effects of air pollution and smog have continued to come out in recent years, and members of the Utah Division of Air Quality are looking to make some serious changes around the region. Fox 13 News reports the group met recently to discuss the state's air pollution levels, and ways to reduce areas with the highest rates.

    This winter alone, Utah has had 22 red air days, while the state had just five last year. Red days refer to days of excessive PM pollution. During the recent discussions, board members decided wood-burning boilers that heat homes will no longer be legal in counties with high pollution rates. More regulations are set to be put in place in the near future - the state hopes to reduce its air pollution by 30 percent by 2014. 

    Curbing air pollution in the U.S. is growing increasingly important. A new study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives has found there is a small, but real link between air pollution and lower birth weights for babies. 

    It may be hard to control air pollution outside of the home, but families can breathe easy in their own dwellings by investing in home air purifiers like the Airgle PurePal Plus AG850. This way family members will benefit from only clean air while in the house.

  • Study finds pesticides that spread through air, food, increase risk of type 2 diabetes

    Type 2 diabetes is a serious problem in the United States - nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes, with 90 to 95 percent of diagnoses being type 2 diabetes, Healthline.com reports. In many cases people develop this problem due to being overweight or obese, but a new study has found exposure to pesticides in their food and the air could also be to blame. 

    Scientists from the University of Granada came to this conclusion after analyzing the concentrations of a specific group of Persistent Organic Pollutants (CPOs) in the adipose (fat) tissue of 386 participants. Researchers discovered patients with higher levels of CPOs were four times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes in comparison to their counterparts who were exposed to fewer pesticides. These results held true regardless of patients' age, gender or body mass index. Despite the surprising finding, more research needs to be conducted to figure out the link between pesticides and diabetes.

    Since some pesticides are found in foods and the air, people should take certain precautions to limit how exposed they are to CPOs. Washing produce thoroughly and investing in home air purifiers like the Airgle PurePal MultiGas AG950 are real options. The latter works to filtrate the air, allowing families to breathe in only the cleanest, most pure air.

  • California officials consider increasing number of no-burn days to reduce air pollution

    Business operators and homeowners in California's San Joaquin Valley could be affected by local officials' desire to meet federal air quality regulations by 2019. According to The Bakersfield Californian, local officials are considering an increase in the number of no-burn days - periods when administrators would limit activities such as residential wood burning and commercial cooking emissions - to control air pollution throughout the region. 

    San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District staff members noted that 90 percent of area residents live in portions of the region that will be in compliance with federal rules by 2017. However, specific areas of the valley are significantly impacted by air pollution, and these sections will need extra time to meet national requirements. Local Air Pollution Control District Executive Director Seyed Sadredin said that the plan has been comprehensively evaluated to ensure that the valley can meet the federal deadline. 

    With the IQAir® GC VOC, commercial and residential property owners can control a wide range of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), including benzene, butane and chlorine. The air purifier provides high-efficiency particulate filtration and removes more than 97 percent of particles before they can reach the gas phase media. 

  • Federal officials want to reduce air pollution around Grand Canyon

    The Grand Canyon is a national landmark celebrated by thousands of visitors every year, and federal legislators are evaluating ways to reduce air pollution surrounding the area. According to the Arizona Republic, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suggested the installation of a catalytic converter at a nearby coal-fired power plant to eliminate haze around the canyon.

    EPA officials noted that the Navajo Generating Station near Page, Arizona, is among the primary contributors to haziness at the landmark. Additionally, the station's emissions of nitrogen oxide affects all five southern Utah national parks and Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado.

    With the catalytic converter in place, federal administrators stated that the device could significantly lower nitrogen oxide emissions and potentially reduce visible Grand Canyon haze by roughly one-third. EPA leaders noted that they would like to use the best technology available to enhance air quality in the region.

    The IQAir® GC MultiGas is a top choice for commercial and residential building owners who want to control wide spectrum molecular and particulate contaminants. This air purifier features an interchangeable cartridge design and is able to meet almost any moderate gas phase removal need for business operators and homeowners.

  • Air quality in Montana county exceeds federal limits

    Officials in Missoula County, Montana, have issued warnings for residents about air quality concerns throughout the area. According to the Missoulian, state administrators reported that air quality levels exceeded national limits due to particulate matter on January 18, 2013.

    Sarah Coefield, an air quality specialist, noted that she does not expect the county's air quality levels to improve soon.

    "The high pressure ridge parked over the Missoula Valley is unlikely to leave in the next several days," Coefield told the news source. "The high pressure ridge coupled with strong inversions means conditions will likely continue to deteriorate."

    Residents in Missoula County are encouraged to avoid nonessential driving and use public transportation if possible. Coefield stated that people with heart or lung disease, smokers, children and the elderly should limit prolonged exertion until air quality levels improve in the area.

    The IQAir® GC VOC is ideal for people who want to manage Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). This air purifier protects business operators and homeowners against VOCs such as chlorine, sulfuric acid and xylene. Additionally, the unit is tested for particle filtration efficiency, filter leakage and air delivery to ensure professional-grade results.

  • EPA invests in air pollution strategies in New Jersey and New York

    The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will spend $2.7 million to reduce air pollution from diesel engines in New Jersey and New York. EPA officials are targeting solutions to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides and particulate matter and improve air quality in both states.

    By helping two organizations replace several diesel engines, EPA administrators could eliminate the emissions of pollutants that are linked to health problems such as asthma and heart disease. While diesel engines are durable, older models predate stricter air pollution standards. However, the EPA's investment may reduce air pollution from some of the more than 11 million older diesel engines that are still in use.

    "Older diesel engines generate significant amounts of air pollution that can make people sick," EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck said. "Replacing old polluting diesel engines reduces asthma attacks and other respiratory ailments."

    With an air purifier like the IQAir® GC MultiGas, commercial and residential property owners can enjoy high-end particulate contaminant control. The air purifier provides maximum molecular filtration for a wide variety of gaseous chemicals and odors and features an advanced filter cartridge design.

  • Air quality in Alabama is improving

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found that air quality is getting better in Birmingham, Alabama. According to The Associated Press, EPA officials noted that air conditions in Birmingham and its surrounding areas are improving, thanks in part to state administrators' increased focus on eliminating pollution concerns.

    Several Alabama departments were required to enhance air quality that was compromised due to pollution issues that have affected local citizens for the past 30 years. The news source states that car exhaust, industrial emissions and soot from coal-fired power plants were among the problems that added particulate matter to the air. However, state officials have improved emissions and pollution enforcement to ensure that the area fully complies with federal regulations.

    EPA representatives said that three Alabama counties now meet various primary air quality standards. State administrators noted that they anticipate air quality levels will continue to improve as they search for new ways to lower pollution levels throughout the area.

    With the IQAir® GC VOC, commercial and residential building owners can easily control volatile organic compound emissions. The air purifier delivers excellent filtration of particles and relies on an interchangeable cartridge design to help people effectively manage gaseous pollutants.

  • Colorado officials to evaluate air pollution from gas and oil companies

    In January 2013, Colorado administrators announced that they will launch a three-year evaluation of air pollution from local gas and oil activity. According to the Denver Business Journal, the study will examine the health effects of air pollution from gas and oil companies across the state, especially firms located on the northern Front Range.

    Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper said that the state will spend $1.3 million to complete the study. Additionally, government officials noted that some of the evaluation resources would come from the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Environmental Response Fund, which is managed by the gas and oil industry.

    Dr. Chris Urbina, executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, stated that the study could significantly help business owners and residents throughout the state.

    "We are working with all stakeholders to find the careful balance that protects the public and addresses legitimate concerns while ensuring that the oil and gas resources necessary to our economy can be safely developed," Urbina told the news source.

    The IQAir® GC MultiGas offers protection against a wide variety of gaseous chemicals and odors. This air purifier delivers high-efficiency particulate filtration by removing 97 percent of particles before they can reach the gas phase media.

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