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Health Hazard of Wildfire Smoke

More than a dozen wildfires in California wine country have destroyed at least 1,500 homes and killed at least 13 people in the last few days, and the numbers are expected to rise as more information is reported. The city of Santa Rosa and surrounding Sonoma County are among the hardest hit areas, with smoke […]

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Air Pollution Affecting Health via Bacteria Changes in the Body

New research suggests that air pollution may have an effect on human health by altering bacteria. It shows that black carbon, a major component of air pollution, dramatically changes how bacteria grow and form biofilms, which can affect their survival in the lining of airways and their resistance to antibiotics. The study – by researchers […]

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Air Pollution Causes 467,000 Premature Deaths a Year in Europe

Air pollution is causing around 467,000 premature deaths in Europe every year, the European Environment Agency (EEA) has warned. People in urban areas are especially at risk, with around 85% exposed to fine particulate matter (PM2.5) at levels deemed harmful by the World Health Organization (WHO). These particles are too small to see or smell, […]

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Southern California has Worst Smog in Years

LA has people seeking treatment for respiratory illness from smog The worst smog in years has arrived in Southern California this summer, driving people to hospitals and health clinics for treatment of respiratory illness, according to a Los Angeles Times report. Some of the warmest weather of all time, compounded by stagnant winds, has worsened the problem, […]

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Protecting Your Lungs Against Smoke from a Forest Fire

WHERE THERE’S SMOKE, THERE’S WILD FIRE: Use a smog mask for protection We noticed something a bit strange yesterday. Being the air quality enthusiasts that we are, we conducted a little research to see what was happening to our air. Turns out, wildfire smoke from Kansas was passing through and significantly raised our air quality […]

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Doctors Examine Usefulness of Smog Masks

When smog descends on Beijing or other Asian cities, people rush to buy face masks. But how effective are the masks at filtering out tiny, harmful particles of pollution? The effectiveness varies tremendously, depending on factors like type, brand and fit. Simple, loose fitting masks do little to combat pollution, according to the United States […]

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What’s the Best Air Pollution Face Mask for China?

Is the air pollution in China dangerous? According to a recent report, air pollution is a contributing factor in the deaths of approximately 1.6 million Chinese people each year. This is the equivalent of 4,400 each day. Around the world, the toxic air in Chinese cities has been recognized as a major problem, but the […]

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Anti Pollution New Trend: Stylish Smog Masks

High fashion isn’t often inspired by environmental hazards, but as air pollution levels soared in Beijing last week, models at China Fashion Week walked the runway wearing designer respiratory face masks.   The QIAODAN Yin Peng Sports Wear Collection showcased fashion and function in the same breath at the biannual event, which runs through the […]

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