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How Smoke From A Wildfire Affects Your Health

October 18, 2021

Most people understand that inhaling smoke is not good for our health. Nevertheless, how aware are people of the different ways smoke from a fire can cause significant bodily harm, both in the short and long term?

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How Single Use Face Masks Destroy The Ocean

How Single Use Face Masks Destroy The Ocean

July 29, 2021

Since the start of this pandemic, there have been an estimated 129 billion face masks and 65 billion gloves used globally every month, as revealed in the journal Environmental Science and Technology by the American Chemical Society. Given that humungous number, one can imagine how much of that material goes into bins by the day, by the hour and minute – and how much doesn’t. Or how much escapes the bins...
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The Impact Air Pollution Has On Your Health

The Impact Air Pollution Has On Your Health

July 29, 2021

As the demand for manufactured goods, new infrastructure and forms of transportation increases, so does the scale of damage to our environment. Our day-to-day activities continue to compound existing forms of pollution, as numb as we have become to it. But one type of pollution is particularly vicious given the fact that it’s mostly invisible: air pollution. Reportedly, exposure to outdoor air pollution is responsible for over 4 million deaths each year...
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How Does Air Pollution Compare to Smoking Cigarettes?

How Does Air Pollution Compare to Smoking Cigarettes?

May 24, 2021

What scientists are learning is that pretty much everyone, everywhere is breathing polluted air, to varying degrees. The challenging part of this, is how to communicate this danger to the global population; how can we really know how bad the air we are breathing actually is? Unlike cigarettes, air pollution doesn’t come with a warning label or a distinct odor. Normally, there are no signs that we are inhaling poor air until years down the line. We don’t have control over the air we breathe.
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4 Things Every Good Travel Mask Needs

4 Things Every Good Travel Mask Needs

May 06, 2021

As most of us know by now, masks can become uncomfortable very quickly. Foggy glasses, pulling on ears, irritated skin and lack of breathability are just some of the discomforts we experience while wearing face masks for any length of time. Finding a great face mask will become a travel essential for those wanting to fly as comfortably as possible. Here is our list of the 4 most important things to look for in a travel mask
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Can Wearing a Face Mask Protect Against Air Pollution?

Can Wearing a Face Mask Protect Against Air Pollution?

April 22, 2021

Are anti-pollution masks effective in reducing or preventing the harmful effects of air pollution? Any face mask's ability to limit exposure depends on the type of pollutant, the mask itself and how it’s used. This article will explore why we should be informed about the air quality around us, how air pollutants can effect our health and how to chose the best face mask to protect yourself.
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What is PM2.5 and Why Should I Care?

What is PM2.5 and Why Should I Care?

March 22, 2021

It’s easy to recognise when food is mouldy or when water is dirty but when it comes to the air we breathe how can we really tell how clean it is? The average person takes around 20,000 breaths per day and all that we  inhale travels into our body through the respiratory tract, entering our lungs and eventually our bloodstream.
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Our Commitment: 2021 Pledge For The Planet

Our Commitment: 2021 Pledge For The Planet

March 03, 2021 2 Comments

Caring for the planet and the people on it is at the very heart of AusAir. We were founded on the simple belief that everyone deserves to breathe safe air. We want to be the best in the world, whilst being the best for the world.
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How Does Wildfire Smoke Affect Our Health?

How Does Wildfire Smoke Affect Our Health?

February 10, 2021

18 million hectares of bushland were destroyed during the Australian Wildfires of 2019. The resulting smoke plume spanned an area of 1.3 billion acres, which roughly equates to the size of the 11 largest US states combined. According to the UN World Meteorological Organisation the smoke plume from the Australian Wildfires reached South America and Antarctica. The size and scale of this wildfire event is barely imaginable.
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Clean Air: A Basic Human Right

Clean Air: A Basic Human Right

January 12, 2021

Polluted air is a global health crisis. Every minute ten adults die prematurely because of dirty air inhaled over their lifetime. The five million deaths annually attributed to air pollution is larger than the annual death toll from war, murder, car accidents, plane crashes, malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, and Ebola combined. Breathing clean air, with complete peace of mind should be a fundamental right for all persons.
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Why High-filtration Masks are Superior to Cloth Masks

Why High-filtration Masks are Superior to Cloth Masks

January 07, 2021

“We don’t want people to think that just any piece of cloth is good enough and have a false sense of security.”

These were the words of Dr. Scott Segal, chair of anaesthesiology at Wake Forest Baptist Health, a leading US medical education and research, when discussing the effectiveness of cloth masks in the fight against the global pandemic we are currently facing.  

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How to Choose the Best Mask, According to Science

How to Choose the Best Mask, According to Science

December 23, 2020

So, you are looking at getting yourself a face mask? Good Call.

2020 has demonstrated that protecting yourself from exposure to harmful particulate matter is now a necessity in today’s world. From the bushfires smoke that engulfed Australia and California, and soaring pollution levels in Delhi and Lahore, to the Covid-19 global pandemic, it is clear; face coverings are here to stay. Let’s cut through the noise and discover the best mask to choose, according to science.

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Air Pollution, Explained

Air Pollution, Explained

December 18, 2020

Air pollution is the silent killer that we are not talking about, it’s time we stopped taking the air we breathe for granted. We must become empowered and informed around the dangers of air pollution and the measures we as individuals can take in order to stay safe.
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