Can air pollution cause permanent brain damage?

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You can bet it can. And very badly. Have a look at the SPECT scans of a brain of a person exposed to air pollution compared to Alzheimer’s disease or drug abuse.

The issue of air pollution has been overlooked for too long. It is beginning to rip the world apart and people need to take it more seriously. People need to take the bull by the horn for the sake of posterity before air pollution takes over the world.

To find the most effective solution to any problem, you need to start from the root cause of the problem. So, it is important to know the major causes of air pollution.

#1. It is caused by emissions from industrial and manufacturing activities.

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Have you ever noticed that most manufacturing companies usually have several chimneys erected in their sites. A lot of fumes and smoke come out of these chimneys. In fact the chimney can be used as a signal to know if production is on or not. To make things worse, many manufacturing companies work round the clock while their employees run a shift. This implies that those chimneys will keep churning out harmful fumes 24 hours a day and people who live nearby will continue to inhale loads and loads of fumes.

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For instance, waste incinerators emit a lot of chemicals, carbon monoxide and some organic compounds into the air regularly. Petroleum refineries are not left out they release hydrocarbons into the air. Yes, the products of these gas emitting activities are very important but they are not worth human lives.

Exchanging petroleum products for human health? It is not a good deal.

Burning of different types of fuels by combustion engines is another air polluting activity.

# 2. Transportation is another major contributor to air pollution.

Several airplanes, ships, trains, cars and even heavy duty trucks all burn one type of fuel or the other and release “poison” into the air on a regular basis. Consider the number of cars in use worldwide. It is even worse when you are stuck in traffic. You will be on the same spot inhaling the fumes that vehicles are emitting. The most unfortunate part is that transportation has come to stay as it has become a part of our lives. And engines will continue to burn become a part of our lives.Schermata 2015-08-14 alle 17.34.50

And engines will continue to burn fuels for now.

 

These engines emit dangerous gases like nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons from their exhaust pipes. Apart from causing harm to those who breathe them in, these gases also react with the natural atmospheric gases rendering them also harmful.

# 3. Fumigating chemicals like insect and pest killers are also capable of emitting dangerous gases into the air.

These chemicals also contribute to air pollution but they don’t do as much damages as the other activities mentioned earlier.

You do not need a physician to realize that when people continuously inhale these harmful gases, their lungs will be in danger.

And once the lungs become damaged, it will affect other vital organs of the body. Some of the commonest diseases caused by continuous air pollution are asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), lung cancer and several other lung diseases.

While the diseases listed above are dangerous and life threatening, they are not the major reason for standing up against air pollution !

These diseases are not the worst. Recently, it has been discovered that air pollution is a major cause of brain diseases.

Nothing can be more unfortunate than a human being with a damaged brain. This is very unfortunate as people rarely fully recover from brain damage.

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It has been confirmed that prolonged exposure to air pollution can have a negative impact on the brain since the brain is about the most susceptible human organ to diseases. First of all, inhaling some harmful gases like mercury can lead to blocked veins and arteries. Mercury can block the arteries supplying the brain and this in turn can cause stroke. It does not always end in stroke. It could also lead to stunted brain development or even reduction in human intelligence.

Pregnant women are worst hit by effects of air pollution as fetuses have zero immunity. They may not be hit directly, but their babies may be born with certain disorders. Inhalation of their babies may be born with certain disorders. Inhalation of harmful gases is believed to be the leading cause of and autism in babies.

 

Some of these emitted chemicals sometimes find their way into the ocean and they get consumed by some fishes. Their effects may not be strong on the fishes but on the people that get to eat them. What makes this phenomenon worse is the fact that fishes are not cooked for long. Now, you are beginning to see the chains of harmful effects caused by years of unrestricted air pollution.

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# 4. Lead is another dangerous air pollutant.

When inhaled, it causes more brain disorder in than adults. In infancy, it can have effect on the brain which includes reduced cognitive functioning. It can also result in reduced verbal memory. All these are symptoms of a damaged brain.

Now that you have an idea of the damages air pollution has done and still doing to the world, why not join the movement against air pollution now. There are a few communities of naturalists that have been sensitizing the world about the effect of air pollution for some time now. It is better to join them now to save unborn children from the dangers of air pollution.

This is necessary because more manufacturing companies will emerge, more incinerators and refineries will be built and more vehicles are going to be manufactured, purchased and used. The implication of this is that more sources and causes of air pollution will come up.

So, efforts against air pollution should be doubled.

Up till now, Hiroshima and Nagasaki have not fully recovered from the effects of bombs used against them. That is how powerful pollutants can be.certified pure air zone

There is a lot you can do instead of passively sit there and breath whatever comes under your nose.

You can join the Pure air zone community.

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Think about it next time you breathe !

When The Gym Isn’t As Healthy As It Seems

Who goes to the gym just to come back out sick? Seems like such an oxymoron, doesn’t it. Between treadmills and Zumba class, we’re either sculpting that perfect summer body or releasing built-up tension from the long work day.

But what if the same holy shrine that encompasses our own mini makeovers is also the same breeding grounds for ingesting high levels of dangerous gases? Well, hold on to your yoga pants because researchers from Portugal and Holland have found that the gym could actually be making you sick.

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Picture this: You’re in the middle of spin class, pushing through that last minute of dear agony, and the class is hyperventilating in unison. Now while you may be exhaling that last bit of guilt over your third piece of chocolate cake, what you’re actually inhaling are high doses of hazardous gases. Among the culprits is carbon dioxide, which when put into perspective, makes total sense. You are in a confined space with intensified breathing and little to no air circulation. Now let’s go a step further. Not only are you inhaling high levels of CO2, but because you are breathing in and out of your mouth you actually end up taking the gases straight to your lungs, as opposed to being filtered through your nose.

As a matter of fact, not only is CO2 one of the main saboteurs to your health routine, the study found that certain gyms also had airborne dust and formaldehyde levels exceeding all the safety standards for indoor air quality! Quick science lesson here; formaldehyde is found in embalming fluid, glues, paints, and a whole other variety of household products. Long-term exposures to such substances are unclear, but many believe that at high levels these gasses are cancer causing agents.

 

With today’s modernization, industrialization and a fast paced world, there has been countless advice from medical experts and health professionals in the print, broadcast, internet and social media that lifestyle diseases like diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, asthma, obesity, cancer, respiratory infections and a host of other ailments are brought about by our sedentary lifestyles and lack of exercise.

This has led to the mushrooming of many fitness centers and gymnasiums allover such that it has become brisk business to operate such fitness outlets. People from all walks of life will always be found sweating and stretching their bodies to the limits in gyms.
In a sharp ironic twist, recent research has shown that going to the gym may actually be having a reverse effect to your health than what one would actually think. It has been found that the air quality in these gyms has been compromised by the presence of toxicants that are inhaled in the event of exercising.

These pollutants include:

• Carbon dioxide

Carbon dioxide is a product of complete combustion and also a product of human exhalation. With the heavy breathing, huffing and puffing inside gyms brought about by strenuous exercising, carbon dioxide is exhaled and circulated in copious amounts. Though carbon dioxide is in itself not a harmful gas to humans, it is an indoor pollutant and usually causes a greenhouse effect to the environment.

• Particulate matter

Particulate matter include dust particles that are to be found everywhere from the shoes we wear to the walls and floors of indoor facilities. Without exception, dust particles are sure to be found in the gym in plenty and with the deep breathing involved, a lot of it will be inhaled. Dust particles when inhaled can lead to upper respiratory tract infections and can even be an allergen trigger to diseases like asthma.

• Formaldehydeformaldeide

This is one of the indoor pollutants that can be found in the gym. Formaldehyde can be produced from some upholstery of furniture and carpets that can be found in gymnasiums. The adverse effects of formaldehyde when introduced into the human body over a long period of time cannot go unmentioned and also cannot be underestimated.

• Carbon monoxide

Carbon monoxide is a product of incomplete combustion. Carbon monoxide readily combines with hemoglobin in the human body to form carboxyhaemoglobin which prevents the transfer of oxygen to tissues. The affinity of hemoglobin to carbon monoxide is 210 times its affinity to oxygen. This pollutant can be found in considerable amounts in gyms and the adverse effects to human health are many including headache, dizziness, nausea and breathing difficulties. The effects of carbon monoxide over a long period of time can also not be underestimated.

• Molds

These can come from microbes such as fungi that can grow in heating and cooling systems due to excessive moisture. With such indoor equipments commonly found in gyms, there actually exist some considerable health effects that can come as a result of breathing in these toxic pollutants.

Other indoor pollutants that may be present in some amounts in gyms include but not limited to ozone, asbestos and some hydrocarbons which when exposed to the human body over a long period of time can cause adverse health effects.
With these research findings that the gym, a place where people go to improve the general state of their health can actually be having an opposite effect due to the presence of toxic indoor pollutants, then it remains to be seen what can be done to improve on the quality of air we breathe so that the health of people exercising in the gym will not be at stake for the long haul.

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So what’s an exercise junkie supposed to do? As wonderful as being outside can be, sometimes you just don’t want the construction crew checking out your yoga poses. The next best solution? Scope out the gym for any U-Monitor and AIRcel devices or Pure-Air Zone signs BEFORE your workout. If you don’t see any, speak with the manager about having some brought in. These devices measure the air quality in real time and work immediately to resolve any high levels of disgustingness that could be lingering. Clean air, all day every day. Fresh air, on the other hand, may have to wait until you leave the locker room.

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So the next time you jump off the treadmill and feel light-headed remember, you may be feeling the euphoria of finally having a bikini-ready body, OR you may have just ingested a truck load of dangerous gasses!

The only way to know for sure, look for a Pure-Air zone sign.

Become a member today and join the fist green community base on clean air!

If you are a gym owner and you are not yet a Pure Air Zone, BECOME ONE TODAY.

 

 

Vision problems? Include air pollution in the possible causes

Recent AIIMS study shows how much air pollution exposure  is damaging your eyes.

We have known for many years that air pollution can directly affect our health, and that living in heavily polluted areas can cause an increase in the incidence of lungs and heart issues. What we didn’t know was that air pollution can damage our eyes, too. AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Science) recently conducted a survey that involved 5000 people who visited the hospital between 2013 and 2014, giving them a questionnaire aimed at assessing the prevalence of eye problems.

What did AIIMS discover?

According to the results of the survey, around 10-15% of the people who responded had symptoms like watery eyes, redness or itchiness, and 65% of those people were men between 20 and 40 years. Many people complained because their eye problems affected their productivity, and interfered with their life.

The doctors involved in the survey said that in the past dry eyes were a common problem in elderly patients, but that now younger people are getting them too. The medical director of Centre for Sight also said that the number of patients who are treated for chronic irritation of the eyes and allergic conjunctivitis is getting higher every year, and that the patients present the same symptoms all year round, while in the past they were more common during the pollen season.

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What caused these symptoms?

Prolonged exposure to air pollution affects the tear ducts, which is why many people complain of dry eyes. Also, particular matter and toxic fumes can adhere to the outer surface of the eye in the same way pollen does, damaging the tear film. These problem can worsen and become chronic, putting the patients at risk of severe complications.

Is the level of air pollution in India comparable with the ones in Europe and America?

The study was conducted in India, which is together with China one of the most polluted country in the world. While the pro-capita emissions of greenhouse gases is low, India is heavily populated and so the levels of air pollution in big cities is very high. According to a research conducted in 2004, the level of particulate matter in the air (expressed in micrograms per cubic meter) was 150 in Delhi and 128 in Kolkata. Other cities had lower levels, for example Mumbai were the level was only 63.

During the same year, the level of particulate matter in big European and American cities was way lower: for example, it was around 30 in Milan and Rome, 11 in Paris, 22 in Berlin and 21 in London. It was 21 in New York and 34 in Los Angeles.

This difference is due to the fact that developing countries such as India and China are still using fuelwood and biomass as their primary sources of energy. Also, these countries don’t regulate vehicle emissions as tightly as other countries do, and since the recent economic development led to an increase in the number of vehicles on the streets, there was also a big increase in air pollution.

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Then, why should we worry?

The figures quoted above are more than 10 years old, and they are also an average. Since then, we haven’t done nearly enough to lower emissions and pollution. Even if European and American cities are on average less polluted than Indian and Chinese cities, there are still people who are at risk of suffering eye problems caused by air pollution: for example, construction workers who work in busy streets, traffic officers, or people who like to run and cycle outdoors.

Also, a study presented at the 177th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology in 2013 revealed that people living in areas with high level of air pollution were three to four times more likely to suffer from dry eye syndrome. The “areas with high level of air pollution” mentioned in the study were American cities like Chicago or New York, compared with rural areas where the level of pollutants was lower.

What precautions can we take in order to protect ourselves?

The only long-term measure that can lower of risk of having eye issues due to pollution is to decrease the level of air pollution. Until this happens, we must take steps in order to protect our eyes. It is helpful to wash the eyes regularly, avoiding rubbing them if they are itchy and using artificial tears instead. Wearing protective goggles can also help, especially when we are in heavily polluted areas.

While we cannot control the air quality outdoors, we can also take steps to have better air indoors: since low humidity worsen the symptoms, it can be helpful to use a humidifier. A high-quality air filter can also help making air cleaner in the home. Finally, there are supplements that can help lubricate the eyes and the skin, such as flaxseed oil, but it is important to speak with a doctor before starting to take any supplement.

U-earth biotechnologies has developed AIRcel professional air purifiers, which are proving to be the most effective systems on the market which attract and destroy ALL AIR CONTAMINANTS with a single technology.

AIRcels create Pure Air Zones, guaranteed pollution free environments by U-monitor , air quality monitoring system. Limiting air pollution exposure  is the most important action you should always keep in mind if you want to avoid serious health problems.

Learn where to find a Pure Air Zone, or how to create one in your company.

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Should i really ride my bike to work to stay fit?

Are cyclists more affected by pollution than people who commute by car?

Although cycling is considered healthier than driving, people who ride a bike within a city can be exposed to a significant higher amount of pollutants than people who commute to work by car. This year, the Fort Collins Commuter Study has published the first set of results of their study on the exposure to pollutants while commuting to work in different ways.

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The participants were 45 healthy, non-smoking workers who resided in Fort Collins and commuted to work every day, either by bicycle or by car. They were equipped with a GPS and a monitoring device in order to track both their route and their exposure to air pollution.
A similar study was also conducted in Montreal by McGill’s Department of Civil Engineering, finding that even considering the lower levels of pollution usually found in Canadian cities, cyclists were still at risk of inhaling soot and other pollutants.

How does their exposure vary?

The level of exposure varied significantly by pollutant: it was found that, on average, drivers were more exposed to carbon monoxide and gaseous pollutants, while cyclists were more exposed to particulates like black carbon.

Also, since cyclists usually breath harder, they inhaled a higher amount of pollutants than the one detected by the monitoring device; their exposure was two or even three times higher than it would have been if they had, for example, walked to work.

The exposure also varied depending on the route: Fort Collins has many bicycle lanes, but they are usually located right next to car lanes; while they are helpful in promoting exercise and in keeping cyclists safe, they also expose them to the many pollutants emitted by cars and other vehicles.

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Another study conducted in London, for example, showed that cyclists’ had, on average, two or three times the amount of black carbon in their lungs compared to people who did not bike within the city: the presence of black carbon in the lungs can be associated with an increased risk of heart attacks and reduced lung functions. While it is still unclear whether the benefits of cycling can offset the risks caused by black carbon, this is surely a result that needs to be taken into consideration.

Does changing routes help?

It was suggested that cyclists could lower their particulate exposure by taking alternative routes that were farther from the city centers, so data from these alternate routes were also analyzed. It was found that cyclists who took these paths managed to reduce their mean particulate exposure, but since these routes were also longer, their cumulative particulate exposure was significantly higher than if they hadn’t taken the alternate route.

During this part of the study, the alternate routes that were analyzed were still within the city, but it was not always possible for participants to take them. The next part of the study will concentrate on studying off-road paths and their effect on cyclists’ exposure.

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How can we lower cyclists’ exposure to air pollution?

Our environment is still very car-centric; in some areas, cars are responsible for more than one third or even half of the air pollution; thus, one of the firsts step in reducing cyclists exposure to air pollution has to be to reduce air pollution. This can be done by promoting public transport, making it easier for people to move within the city without using a car, and by giving incentives to people who walk, bike or take the bus to work.

The location of bicycle lanes also matter: by building them farther from major roadways, it is possible to lower the cyclists’ exposure to pollutants. While this will take time, especially in cities that already have many bicycle lanes, the data from these studies will help decide the best locations and layout for the new ones that will have to be built.

The researchers in Montreal are also working on applications for smartphone and computers, which will help users choose the routes with lesser exposure.

It was also suggested to build electric-only routes, to be shared by bicycles and electric cars; while these routes would certainly be healthier – as electric cars don’t emit pollutants – it would still be necessary to build bicycle lanes in order to make cyclists safe. It is also a very radical solution that will not probably be a real possibility for many years, as electric cars are still uncommon and more expensive than regular ones.

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Is cycling still healthier than driving?

While we still don’t know all the risks associated with cycling within cities, it is still reasonable to believe that cycling to work is still healthier than driving. The next part of the study, which will analyze off-road paths that are very far from major roadways, will shed some light on how alternate routes can really protect cyclists from pollution.

Still, we do not have enough data to make an informed decision; this is why it is important to keep looking for ways to make cycling healthier for everyone, especially when it is not possible or practical to take an alternate route.

Meanwhile your best option is to protect yourself with the best anti-pollution mask you can find on the market. Learn more on U-mask, definitely one of the best option, on www.u-mask.eu.

Your health deserves only the best against air pollution.

why is the Paris conference on climate change so important?

 

The 6 FAQ to explain what to this edition of COP21 is all about.

What is the United Nation Conference on Climate Change?

The COP21 – 21st Conference of the Parties – is a summit that will be held in France from 30 November 2015 to 11 December 2015. Ministers and high ranking government officials from more than 190 countries will gather in the city of Le Bourget in order to discuss how to reduce global greenhouse gas emission and how to keep global warming below 2° C. The summit will be preceded by COY11, the 11th Conference of Youth, which will take place from the 26th to the 28th of November. The Conference of Youth is an event held before every Conference of the Parties; this year it is expected to involve thousands of people, with workshops and activities related to climate changes and sustainable living.

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What is the expected outcome of this summit?

The expected outcome of this summit is a binding agreement on climate change, that will be hopefully be signed by all countries and that will last at least a decade. One of the most important goal of the agreement will be to cut greenhouse gas emissions: some countries have already committed to this goal, but even if all countries agree to cut emissions, it will not likely be enough to keep global warming below 2°C, let alone stop it. For this reasons, it was suggested to try and engage “non-state” entities such as cities, local government and private businesses, urging them to do more and cut emissions.

What about the Kyoto Protocol, then?

The Kyoto protocol required each ratifying country to cut its emissions of 5% by 2012, compared to the levels in 1990. It was adopted in 1997, but it could not enter into force until enough countries to represent at least 55% of global emissions had ratified it. Since the USA – then the world’s bigger emitter of greenhouse gas – refused to ratify the treaty and since developing countries were kept out of the protocol and allowed to increase emissions in order to help their economies, it could not come enter into force until 2005, when Russia passed the treaty.

The protocol was originally expected to last until 2012, but the Doha conference held in Qatar in 2012 extended it until 2020. So, in five years there will be absolutely no international agreement on climate change; besides, the world’s bigger emitter of greenhouse gas is now China, which was not included in the Kyoto Protocol.

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Why is a global agreement on climate change necessary?

Most scientists agree that if we don’t take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, global warming will soon become irreversible and it will have catastrophic consequence. If we don’t do anything, temperature will rise about 5°C: while this might seem like a small rise, it is the same difference as the one between today’s world and the last ice age. With a 5°C rise, the ice at the poles will melt and entire cities will be submerged by water. Entire species of animals and plants will die, and the entire human race will be in danger.

From a political point of view, a new treaty will be needed when the Kyoto Protocol will be no longer in effect. In order for the new agreement to be effective, it needs to be ratified by both China and the USA, and it is also important to impose sanctions on countries that will fail to meet the treaty’s requirements; this was not done with the Kyoto Protocol, and this is one of the reasons why it failed to meet its objectives.

Why wasn’t an agreement signed at the Copenhagen UN Climate Change summit in 2009?

While the Copenhagen summit didn’t result in a formal agreement, most countries agreed to limit their greenhouse gas emissions, although not enough to stop global warming. One of the issues that wasn’t resolved was finance: poorer countries need help to invest in clean technologies that will allow them to reduce their emissions, and they want richer countries to give them this help. During the Copenhagen summit, rich countries agreed to a plan which guaranteed financial assistance to poorer countries until 2020, but it was not deemed enough.

Moreover, there are disagreements about the source of the funds that will be used to provide assistance: most countries don’t want, or can’t afford to provide funding based only on their public money. They want international development banks and private donors to provide most of the funding. Finding an agreement on financial matters will likely be one of the main issues that will arise in the summit.

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What will be the key points of the agreement?

In order to be effective, the agreement will have to be universal: this means that it will be signed and ratified to all countries. It must also be ambitious in order to send all countries a clear message: it is now time to transition to a low carbon economy, favoring green fuels and renewable energies. It must also be balanced between mitigation and adaptation, giving all countries enough resources to meet the requirements, and flexible in order to be suitable for both big and small nations, developed and developing countries. Finally, it must be sustainable and dynamic, with long-term goals and periodic reviews in order to strengthen its action.

What can we do to team up and show the world we care?

People, companies, movements are more and more gathering up to raise awareness on the importance of respecting our planet through a range of different actions. U-earth biotechnologies has launched a campaign for Air Quality standards to be raised to the highest possible levels, and provided Pure Air Zones in public spaces for everyones minimal exposure to air pollution. The campaign’s video #iwantpureair is below for you to see and share. Thank you.

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#iwantpureair campaign video

 

 

Pure air makes you smarter! Harvard studies impact of clean air on brain functions.

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How much does indoor air pollution affect your brain functions? More than you would think.

Most people living in industrialized countries spend a lot of time indoors; whether we are at home, at school or at the office, we spent 92% of our life indoors. According to a study conducted by a research group from Harvard School of Public Health and published on the journal Environmental Health Perspective, all the time we spend indoors could have a negative impact on our cognitive functions.

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The study evidences how the levels of pollutants such as carbon dioxide and volatile organic compounds that we find in closed environments can have a negative influence on the decision-making abilities of the people spending time in those environments; this is the first study that doesn’t focus on only one pollutant but analyzes the effect of the exposure to several different compounds: particularly, the substances that were analyzed were the volatile organics compounds released in the environment by the plastic and paper materials that we commonly find in all homes and offices. Another perspective examined by the study is the bad ventilation that is commonly found in today’s buildings; since the 1970’s, the rising costs of energy have led to the construction of buildings with a slower rate of dissipation of heat, which usually means reducing drafts and thus reducing the exchange of air with the outside.

There were 24 participants in the study, which lasted 6 days; the subjects spend 8 hours every day in a controlled environment, devised to be as similar as possible to an office’s environmental conditions. Particularly, there were three simulated environments: the first one was a “conventional” one, representative of most offices in the western world, then there was a “Green” environment representing an office built with ecological features and a lower concentrations of volatile organic compounds, and finally a “Green+” ( equivalent to a Pure Air Zone environment) environment which was similar to the Green one but with a higher ventilation. The study tried to recreated in the most precise way the conditions that workers normally encounter during the day: the participants just carried on with their normal work, so that the results of the study were as accurate as possible.

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At the end of every day, all the subjects were given a test in order to measure nine cognitive functions: basic, applied and focused activity levels; task orientation; crisis response; information seeking; information usage; breadth of approach and strategy. The results of the test evidenced a striking difference between the subjects that had spent their day in the conventional office and the ones that had been in the Green or Green+ office; particularly, the subjects in the latter groups scored respectively 61% and 101% higher than the subjects that had spent their day in the conventional office. The test areas with the more significant results were crisis response, information usage and strategy: in these area the subjects in the Green environment scored respectively 97%, 172% and 183% higher than the ones in the conventional office, while the subjects who had been in the Green+ Pure Air Zone environment scored even higher, respectively 131%, 299% and 288% higher than the group who had been in the conventional office.

What appears evident is the fact that this isn’t a purely environmental problem, but also an economic one: an office built with state-of-the-art ecological features doesn’t only consume less energy, but it can also enhance the workers’ productivity, thus benefiting both the workers and the company.

Today , through U-earth biotechnology, it is an affordable investment – also if we are talking about older buildings – and the economic return can make it worth it: it suffices to say that, once a building is completed, 90% of the costs related to the company are related to its employees. Another aspect, that wasn’t analyzed in this study but that was already known, is linked to the so called “sick building syndrome”: this is a term coined by the WHO in 1986 to describe the health effects that are present in workers who spend a lot of time in the office, but that can’t be attributed to a specific disease.

Of course, changing office buildings will not be enough: indoors air pollution is a problem to which children are particularly vulnerable, and besides, children go to school every day just like adults go to the office every day. Therefore it is necessary to make an effort and build new “Green” Pure Air Zone schools, keeping in mind that no closed environment, as green as it can be, can actually compete with the outdoors: whether we are adults or children, we should all make an effort and spend more time outdoors, in order to protect our body and our brain.

Learn how you can create your personal Pure Air Zone on www.pure-air-zone.com.

Sewage odor management is possible: Como success story

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Case study on how biotechnology has eliminated odor complaints  from sewage treatment plant in the middle of town.

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Como, Italy. October 13, 2015 – Breathing clean air even in industrial environments, protecting workers from environmental fugitive emissions and simultaneously eliminating odors emitted outside, today is a reality than can be easily implemented through the latest generation of powerful biological systems for air purification.

There is a great difficulty of many industrial plants in curbing emissions of odors migrating outside the plant, which sometimes lead to the extreme solution of the plant closure by the local authorities on the basis of complaints of surrounding citizens. Today the theme of odor containment  is an emergency to be solved very quickly.

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U-earth is an international company specialized in a revolutionary biotechnology for air purification in industrial, commercial and medical settings, producing a breakthrough system for the elimination of odors and all air contaminants, indoor and outdoor.

Thanks to AIRcel, the freestanding  “bio-reactors”, fed by a consortium of microorganisms of natural source, certified non-pathogenic and NOT OGM, through an unprecedented phenomenon of attraction for “molecular electric charge”, the contaminants in the environment are attracted in the bio-reactors without a need of ducts which lead to the system, and digested by the microorganisms for bio-oxidation.

Said in simpler words, thanks to 20 years of research background of professor Sam Sofer at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, U-earth has created a system that miniaturizes what nature does to self-clean pollutants, using water, air and bacteria, able to attract and digest any form of pollution, whether chemical or biological, with no limit on the measure (fine dust) and type (volatile organic compounds, gases, viruses and pathogenic bacteria).

BACKGROUND

The sewage water treatment plant  in the first basin of Lake Como, managed by Comodepur spa, is deployed within urban setting, bordering the town. By their nature, these types of plants, in some stage of manufacture, may emit unpleasant odors. The company has worked over the years to acquire all the possible technologies and best practices for the control of odors, in order to minimize such disruption to neighboring houses. Citizenship, for its part, has set up a Citizens’ Committee in charge of bringing to public attention the issue and communicate proactively with the company.

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The main problem stems from odor emissions originating from the processing and dumping of sludge after drying.

U-earth’s air purification system  has been installed in the sludge storage area, in the centrifuges zone and in the outside area of ​​transit of the vehicles entering the sewage treatment plant of Como, Italy, with the goal of reducing and contain odors inside the plant and and avoid dispersion into the city.

6 AIRcel®5000 units were installed in the plant, and 3  U-monitor devices for continuous monitoring of odorous gases and volatile organic compounds airborne were placed in topic areas to detect in real time initial baseline and pollution decrease after AIRcels were turned on.

U-earth Comodepur installation

U-earth Comodepur installation

RESULTS

After three months of operation, the odor emissions and volatile organic compounds outside the building were cut down by 80%. It has not been registered any further  complaints from the citizens.

 U-monitor, first 90 days period decrease.

U-monitor, first 90 days period decrease.

U-earth air purifiers performance (blue) compared to baseline data ( gray)

U-earth air purifiers performance (blue) compared to baseline data ( gray)

U-EARTH SYSTEM

U-earth AIRcel range

U-earth AIRcel range

AIRcel® is the most powerful air purification system in the world, the only science-based biotechnology for the removal of airborne contaminants, regardless of type or size of particles.

AIRcel® realizes the simultaneous removal of bacteria, viruses, volatile organic compounds, mold, allergens, fine particles and odors.

AIRcel® has the dual ability to capture airborne contaminants, through a natural biophysical principle of “electrical molecular charge attraction”, and to destroy them through the process of bio-oxidation, creating a real Pure Air Zone.

AIRcel® has a low environmental impact: no use of chemical pollutants for its operation, no filter to be disposed.

AIRcel® does not require air ducts or punctual emissions into the atmosphere (no chimney, no acid rain).

AIRcel® is a plug and play system, modular and easily scalable to production dynamics: upgradeable if production increases and vice versa.

Used at the workplace, AIRcel® decreases health risks, increases comfort and productivity of workers.

U-MONITOR

U-MONITOR air monitoring system

U-MONITOR air monitoring system

U-monitor, u-earth’s  monitoring device, measures constantly 24/7 air quality and makes available the data history collected through a web platform, accessible from any device connected to the internet at all times. The data are displayed in a user friendly manner to the reader, allowing comparison between periods, different types of contaminants, with every 5 minutes reading or daily average values, and many more extremely helpful analysis modalities. U-monitor can be also used non in conjunction with AIRcel air purifiers, as a powerful Air Quality analysis tool for every industry.

The result of the combined technologies is a quality standard which is not obtainable to date with any other technology on the market. Air quality is certified by U-Monitor, a unique system of air quality monitoring in real time developed by U-earth, which detects every five minutes the situation with respect to the categories of pollutants to be treated. The air is cleaned by AIRcel, the first and only biological air purifier for professional use on the market produced is 3 different sizes. The combination of the various devices creates what U-earth defines a “Pure Air Zone”.

logo pure air zone

“Pure Air Zone” is an eco-environmental project promoted by U-Earth, an international leader in the care of the air through biotechnology, which aims to aggregate more and more people and companies concerned about environmental protection and health, to disseminate this revolutionary system in industry, medical and commercial settings.

Many excellent companies have already adopted U-earth system in Italy and in the world, and the technology is spreading rapidly where there are problems not solvable with other technologies such as sewage treatment plants, waste treatment sites, metal machining industry, hospitals, etc. In parallel, there are companies that aim at continuous improvement of environmental standards in their offices for sustainability reasons, and create  Pure Air Zones in their premises,  choosing to offer their employees and customers the most valuable asset for life, pure air.

U-earth is proud to have customers such Comodepur, Buzzi Unicem, Ferrari, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, NTV Italo train, Fresenius Medical Care, Banca Fideuram, Earthcolors, and many others.

What U-earth offers not just a device, but a scientific revolution. Numerous scientific publications were also presented in Italy thanks to the continuous collaboration with the Department of Environmental Engineering of the University of Bologna and Arpa Lombardia EPA.

U-earth system has been installed at the end of the month of July 2015 at the plant Comodepur, positioned in the center of Como.

Quali sono le 20 città più inquinate al mondo?

L’OMS, Organizzazione Mondiale della Sanità, ha stilato una classifica delle 20 città più inquinate in tutto il mondo.
Quale città ha tristemente ottenuto la medaglia d’oro? Delhi in India è in assoluto il luogo dove respirare è praticamente impossibile: l’inquinamento ha degli effetti molto gravi sulla popolazioni. Ben altre 13 città indiane fanno parte della classifica redatta dall’OMS.

Ecco l’elenco completo:

indian-polluted-cities2Nel rapporto sono classificate 1600 città in 91 stati e la qualità dell’aria viene misurata  in base alle concentrazioni di PM10 e PM2,5.

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In Cina 4000 persone muoiono ogni giorno: colpa dell’inquinamento

L’inquinamento atmosferico è un killer silenzioso e letale. La Cina, ormai tristemente famosa per gli elevati livelli di smog, ogni giorno vede morire 4000 persone a causa dei danni dell’inquinamento. Secondo uno studio condotto dai ricercatori dell’Università di Berkeley, sono 1 milione e 600mila i cinesi che ogni anno perdono la vita. E la colpa è dell’aria inquinata.
In molte zone il livello del particolato è così elevato da provocare addirittura un calo della visibilità per giorni e giorni. Una situazione già grave a causa del diffuso ricorso a centrali a carbone, che peggiora in inverno quando cresce esponenzialmente la richiesta di energia e l’utilizzo di combustibili per il riscaldamento.china_pollution
Recentemente le autorità, allo scopo di sensibilizzare la popolazione e di invitarla a ridurre il ricorso a fonti energetiche inquinanti, hanno diffuso un documentario in cui sono riportate le conseguenze dell’inquinamento: aumento del tasso di mortalità, ictus, malattie polmonari e complicazioni cardiache.
Che la situazione in Cina sia estremamente grave era già evidente lo scorso anno: durante il Climate Summit, che si è svolto presso il palazzo di Vetro delle Nazioni Unite, a New York, i ricercatori avevano mostrato ai 120 leader mondiali intervenuti, la mappa interattiva di Slate. Questo studio mostra quali sono i Paesi che inquinano di più al mondo, sia in termini assoluti che in termini di evoluzione temporale dal 1888 a oggi. E a occupare il primo posto è proprio la Cina.

Asma e inquinamento indoor: lo studio a Palermo

Lo studio “Effect of indoor nitrogen dioxide on lung function in urban environment”, svolto dall’Istituto di biomedicina e immunologia molecolare del Consiglio nazionale delle ricerche in collaborazione con l’Istituto di scienze e tecnologie dell’informazione di Pisa e l’Istituto di analisi dei sistemi ed informatica di Roma, parla chiaro. In più di 300 abitazioni domestiche della città di Palermo i livelli di biossido di azoto (NO2) superano nel 25% dei casi i limiti (40 µg/m3) indoor definiti dall’Organizzazione mondiale della sanità. La ricerca mostra infatti una frequenza molto alta relativa al superamento delle soglie stabilite per l’inquinamento degli ambienti indoor. Asthma_attack-illustration_NIH

Ma soprattutto rivela un legame con l’insorgere di malattie respiratorie negli adolescenti. È risultato esposto ad elevate concentrazioni di NO2 nella propria abitazione quasi il 90% dei soggetti asmatici, mentre il 22% dei soggetti allergici ed esposti a elevate concentrazioni di NO2 indoor presentano asma corrente. Questo ancora una volta pone il problema degli effetti dell’inquinamento urbano sulla salute delle fasce di popolazione più suscettibile (bambini, anziani, adulti con preesistente patologia) anche all’interno delle proprie case.

Fonte: GreenInfo