Indoor pollution in classrooms threatens the health of schoolchildren, scientists warn

When you think of indoor air pollution, you might imagine a home with a wood-burning stove or a smoky bar. One environment that may not come immediately to mind is a school, but the unfortunate truth is that indoor air pollution in classrooms around the world is putting children’s health in jeopardy. A study published … Continue reading Indoor pollution in classrooms threatens the health of schoolchildren, scientists warn

Report: China is a bigger air pollution contributor than all developed nations combined

A report shows that China emitted more greenhouse gases in 2019 than all developed nations combined. Led by the American research firm Rhodium Group, the report notes that the Communist nation’s greenhouse gas emissions are more than 30 million metric tons higher than the combined total of all developed nations, including the United States. Researchers arrived at this finding after measuring the amounts of … Continue reading Report: China is a bigger air pollution contributor than all developed nations combined

UK scientists warn that household aerosols are worse pollutants than vehicles

A new British study has found that household aerosols release more harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) than all vehicles in the U.K. VOCs are a large group of chemicals which are released into the atmosphere by cooking, burning fuel and using cleaning and beauty products. Thus, experts have called for a shift away from these aerosols to … Continue reading UK scientists warn that household aerosols are worse pollutants than vehicles

8 Easy ways to improve indoor air quality

The term “air pollution” often conjures up images of car exhaust, bush fires and thick fumes from factories. But indoor air pollution can be just as bad, if not worse, than outdoor air pollution. In fact, the air inside the home can be two to five times worse than the air outside, according to the Environmental Protection Agency … Continue reading 8 Easy ways to improve indoor air quality

Billions of microplastics particles are swirling around in the atmosphere

Experts consider plastic pollution as one of the most pressing environmental problems. Unfortunately, existing studies on microplastics – tiny pieces of plastic – have primarily focused on their impacts on rivers and oceans. Now, a study led by researchers from Utah State University (USU) and Cornell University revealed that microplastics “spiral around the globe” in the atmosphere. In fact, microplastics can … Continue reading Billions of microplastics particles are swirling around in the atmosphere

Study: People living in highly polluted areas have a higher chance of dying from coronavirus

A new study reveals that people who live in highly polluted areas are more likely to die from COVID-19, the disease caused by the Wuhan coronavirus. Researchers from Harvard University looked at the impact of particles less than 2.5 micrometers in size (PM2.5) from various sources, such as vehicle exhausts, on COVID-19 health outcomes. According to their findings, which appeared in the journal Science Advances, even … Continue reading Study: People living in highly polluted areas have a higher chance of dying from coronavirus

REPORT: 15% of coronavirus deaths worldwide can be attributed to air pollution

Long-term exposure to air pollution has been linked to a heightened risk of death due to the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19). Now, new research has estimated the proportion of COVID-19 deaths worldwide that could be attributed to air pollution. Published late October in the journal Cardiovascular Research, the study revealed that roughly 15 percent (or more than 180,000) COVID-19 deaths worldwide … Continue reading REPORT: 15% of coronavirus deaths worldwide can be attributed to air pollution

Study reveals people using toxic personal care products are the “greatest pollutants” of office air

A recent study presented by a team of researchers from Purdue University has revealed that humans are the biggest sources of air pollutants in an indoor setting because of the toxins in the personal care products they use. According to the researchers, this is mainly because humans emit substances known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These compounds, as noted by the American … Continue reading Study reveals people using toxic personal care products are the “greatest pollutants” of office air

Black ginseng found to protect against lung injury caused by particulate matter

Ginseng is a popular herb used to improve immune function and address sexual dysfunction. It refers to the root of any species belonging to the genus Panax that is used in traditional medicine. P. ginseng, also known as Asian ginseng or Korean ginseng, is one of the most commonly used ginseng varieties. Depending on how they are processed, the roots … Continue reading Black ginseng found to protect against lung injury caused by particulate matter

Beneficial effects of black ginseng against particulate matter-induced lung damage

In this study, South Korean researchers investigated the effects of black ginseng extract (BGE) against particulate matter (PM)-induced lung endothelial cell barrier disruption and pulmonary inflammation. Their findings were published in The American Journal of Chinese Medicine. Inhalation of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) is linked to pulmonary injury caused by the loss of vascular barrier integrity.According to … Continue reading Beneficial effects of black ginseng against particulate matter-induced lung damage