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  • New winter air quality plan restricts burning in San Joaquin Valley

    Projects scheduled for completion in the San Joaquin Valley may be in jeopardy if the area's air quality falls short of new federal quality standards. The Modesto Bee reports that the remake of Highway 99's interchange and other large highway improvements could be cut due to federal funding retractions if the valley's air quality fails to pass muster.

    Valley officials have proposed increases to wintertime fireplace restrictions to better ensure pollution levels in the region remain within an acceptable range. The new plan would impact home wood burning, restaurants that charbroil, lawn-care providers, asphalt companies and some local farmers, the news source reports.

    In addition, scientists predict that the restrictions may only leave 28 days for wood burning if the new plan goes into effect.

    "It's going to be a big issue," Bill O'Brien, a Stanislaus County supervisor and chairman of the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District's governing board, told the news source.

    As air quality becomes an increasingly important concern in the valley, property owners may want to consider investing in a home air purifier. A unit like the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier can reduce the presence of fine particulate matter, a common result of wood burning, in a house.

  • Exposure to air pollution caused by traffic linked to decreased lung function in children

    A recent study suggests that infants exposed to air pollution from traffic are more likely to experience decreased lung function through the age of eight. Medical News Today reports that about 1,900 children were monitored for the study from the time they were born until they turned eight.

    "Earlier studies have shown that children are highly susceptible to the adverse effects of air pollution and suggest that exposure early in life may be particularly harmful," Researcher Göran Pershagen, MD, PhD and professor at the Karolinska Institutet, Institute of Environmental Medicine told Medical News Today.

    Pershagen went on to say that the results of the survey suggest that exposure to traffic-related air pollution during the first few years of life was often associated with decreased lung function - especially in male children or those with allergen sensitivities.

    Homeowners living near large throughways or near busy intersections can invest in a home air purifier to reduce the presence of traffic-related air pollution in a house. A unit like the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier can limit a family's exposure to pollutants that could lead to medical consequences.

  • Winter-blend gas will not negatively impact California air quality

    A recent decision from Governor Jerry Brown to allow winter-blend gasoline to be sold in California to increase supply and lower record-high pump prices will not result in decreased air quality. The Washington Post reports that the California Air Resources Board announced its support of the claim after they analyzed the data.

    Brown believes the decision to sell the dirtier winter-blend gasoline earlier in the year is vital to lessening the financial burden on California residents. According to AAA, the average price for regular gas reached $4.668 on October 8, 2012 in the coastal state.

    "This action is necessary to address the extreme and unusual fuel supply circumstance," said the board. "(It) is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health and safety or general welfare."

    The Merced Sun-Star reports that California typically converts to the winter-gas blend on October 31. However, due to new circumstances, the mixture will soon be sold across the state. In areas with traditionally high levels of air pollution, environmental experts were concerned the switch could have a negative impact on air quality. Property owners with a similar concern can purchase a home air purifier to reduce the pollutants commonly found indoors.

  • Cutting air pollution can reduce future costs

    Improving air quality is not only an investment in the environment and for people's health - the venture can also reduce future expenses. According to C. Arden Pope, a Brigham Young University economist, for every dollar spent on cutting air pollution there are approximately $10 in savings.

    The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Pope claims air quality improvement spending will lead to a decrease in healthcare costs and expenses related to premature deaths.

    "What I do know is responsible efforts to clean up the air can make large contributions to human health, and they can reduce pollution-related health costs," Pope told the news source.

    While this news could impact the actions of businesses and government agencies, it might also prompt individuals to consider investing in a home air purifier.

    Homeowners interested in improving the air quality around them can purchase a home air purifier to reduce the presence of fine particulate matter and common pollutants. A model like the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier could not only improve your health for the sake of advancing your quality of life, but it can also reduce future expenses down the road.

  • Glassmaker pays fine to settle air pollution allegations

    The southern New Jersey glassmaker Durand Glass Manufacturing has agreed to pay civil penalties to both state and federal governments to settle air pollution gains. Bloomberg Businessweek reports that the enterprise will pay $300,000 to settle the allegations that claimed it had violated air pollution standards. Half of the fine will go to the state government and the other half to federal authorities. However, without a federal judge's consent, the settlement will not go into effect.

    In addition, the firm has installed pollution control equipment at its Millville plant to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 174 tons per year. Particulate matter will also shrink by 24 tons per year. While industry plays a large role in the health of a local economy, poor air quality is sometimes a drawback for area residents.

    Homeowners concerned about the impact of plants, factories or other large commercial properties on air quality can invest in a home air purifier. A unit such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier will reduce the presence of fine particulate matter in a home and limit common pollutants.

  • Air quality in your home

    Most people understand that air quality outdoors can be hazardous to a person’s health at times, depending on the conditions outside and the location. Between wildfires blazing out west to smog hovering overhead in the industrial cities of the east, it seems like many parts of the country are consistently working to decrease air pollution.

    However, have you considered the quality of the air in your own home? You might think that the air you’re breathing in your living room or bedroom is safe enough, but it might be more hazardous to your health than you think. According to WebMD, air quality inside homes can be even more polluted than the air outdoors due to dust, mold, fire-retardants, radon, formaldehyde and chemicals in your cleaners and other household items.

    In order to improve the air quality in your house, the United State Environmental Protection Agency suggests trying to improve the ventilation in your home. Open windows and doors and turn on fans when able to increase the amount of outdoor air coming indoors.

    If you’re worried about bringing outdoor pollutants inside, try using a home air purifier. A purifier can reduce particulate matter and other toxins in your house to make it a more enjoyable, healthier place to live.

  • The wheels on the bus go round and round

    When you were a kid, you probably sang the little melody, "the wheels on the bus go round and round, all through the town." It's a lovely tune, but it's safe to say that now the song should go something like, "…round and round, spreading pollution all through the town."

    Unfortunately though, this may be the version children might have to start singing. That's because a recent report has found California school buses still in use are polluting the air.According to the Huffington Post, state data shows tens of thousands of California kids ride to school on buses that emit harmful pollutants. So why doesn't the school system update the bus system?

    "Back in the '60s and '70s, districts had budgeted school bus replacement programs," John Clements, the director of transportation for Kings Canyon Unified School District, told the news source. "That's not the case under our stiffer fiscal situations. It would be rare to find one."

    If your child rides the bus in California, it may be time to consider alternate forms of transportation to school. However, there's something you can do at home, too. A home air purifier can reduce toxins in your home so your children can be exposed to fewer pollutants during the day. While you can't always control what the school system does, you can control the air quality in your home.

  • How will air pollution affect your newborn?

    You likely do everything you can to ensure your soon-to-be infant is in a healthy, safe environment at all times. As a pregnant woman, perhaps you've gone to all of the parenting education cases and you've committed to providing him or her with the very best nutrition by maintaining a strict diet. However, if you haven't thought about how air pollution is affecting your little one, there may be more you can do.

    According to a new study published in The Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (JCEM), maternal vitamin D deficiency may be linked to urban air pollution.

    "We investigated the associations between gestational exposure to urban air pollutants and vitamin D cord blood serum level," said Nour Baïz, lead study author. "Our findings show for the first time, that exposure to ambient air pollution comparable to current World Health Organization standards might contribute to vitamin D deficiency in newborns."

    Medical News Today reports that pregnant women who are exposed to high levels of air pollution may be putting their newborns at an increased risk for the development of asthma and allergic diseases.

    The researchers found that the link between air pollutions and vitamin deficiency was strongest when women were exposed to pollutants during their third-trimester.  IQAir HealthPro Plus may be great for pregnant women as it uses air filtration technologies in a home to control pollutants.

  • Colorado air quality plan approved

    It's no secret that some cities have better air quality than others. However, most would probably think that a state known for its mountainous terrain and crisp, clean snow would have no problem at all with air pollution.

    But the Denver Post reports that the state does in fact deal with its air pollution concerns. For this reason, federal environmental officials have recently approved Colorado's air quality plan. It was approved by the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission and the United States Environmental Protection Agency. The goal of the air quality plan is to reduce emissions by 70,000 tons of pollution per year, reveals the news outlet.

    "This plan will significantly reduce emissions and improve visibility, and Colorado will realize significant public health benefits," Dr. Christopher E. Urbina, executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, said according to the North Colorado Business Journal. "It is a great example of the leadership role Colorado has taken for so long in public health and environmental protection."

    Colorado's efforts toward protecting the health of the community and the environment through this plan are something every state should follow. Families can also make a difference in the quality of the air they breathe by using home air purification inside their houses to make sure the air is free of toxins and other potentially harmful substances.

  • Do you live in a polluted state?

    Everyone likes to think that their home is located in an area where pollution isn't really a concern and fresh air whips through the trees and in through their front door. However, the fact of the matter is there are many cities around the country that are not fortunate enough to have good air quality.

    According to Oilprice.com, half of all industrial toxic air pollution comes from power plants and 80 of all greenhouse gas emission in the United States come from power plants and heavy industries. Experts believe this pollution is responsible for thousands of heart attaches, asthma cases and premature deaths each year.

    The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has recently collaborated with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to form a list of America's most polluted states. The top ten states include Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, Indiana, Michigan, West Virginia, Georgia and North Carolina. In Ohio alone, more than 36.4 million pounds of harmful chemicals were released in 2010.

    Whether you live in one of these states, or another area in the county, provide your family with the cleanest air possible in your house by investing in home air purification. It can allow you to reduce fine particulate matter and toxins in your home.

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