Wildfires produce dangerous gasses like carbon dioxide and methane and can burn out of control. Wildfires can start with a natural occurrence like a lightning strike or human error by lit cigarettes thrown carelessly. Wildfires can produce enough smoke that it visibly sits in the area surrounding the burn. When this occurs, there are lasting consequences.
Face masks come in many different forms ranging from a piece of cloth that covers the nose and mouth, providing a minimal layer of protection–all the way up to fine particle filtration masks with variable ratings.
Ozone is a gas found in the earth's atmosphere. Without it, our planet wouldn't be inhabitable. But it is also increasingly being found at lower altitudes where it doesn't belong. See, there are two types of ozone. One is good, and one is bad. One is created naturally as ultraviolet rays penetrate oxygen in the earth's atmosphere, and one is man-made, a by-product of chemical reactions in combustion engines and chemical refineries.
The fact of the matter is on any surface we touch, there reside microbes that, if you don’t take necessary measures to eliminate, can live on for weeks – and even months. Such microbes can be a form of bacteria or mould, including pathogens likeMethicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), which according toBMC Infectious Diseases research, can survive on dry surfaces for as long as seven months in total.
Dr. John Leung, MD, an assistant professor at Tufts University School of Medicine, comments on his observations. “For people with allergic rhinitis or allergic asthma, who develop symptoms after breathing in allergens, masks can be really helpful.”
The term ‘air pollution’ refers to a variety of hazardous solid and liquid substances that are capable of being suspended in the air for an extended time. Commonly, these substances mix together and form what we know as smog.
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?
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...
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.
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
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.
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.
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.