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User: flenvcenter Topic: Air and Climate-National
Category: Air :: Indoor Air
Last updated: Apr 01 2018 04:23 IST RSS 2.0
 
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HVAC companies see high interest in air filters, UV lights in war on COVID-19 15.8.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
Heating and air conditioning companies say they've seen a huge uptick in business during the pandemic, suggesting new concern about indoor air quality.
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Worries about COVID-19 spreading through the vents send Chicago building owners in search of cleaner air. ‘You can’t put a force field around your property.' 23.7.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
Potential transmission of the coronavirus through air conditioners is the latest issue employers and building owners are focusing on as they prepare for the increasing return of workers to office towers and other commercial buildings.
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Could indoor air quality become part of the post coronavirus playbook? 15.5.2020 GreenBiz.com
Could indoor air quality become part of the post coronavirus playbook? Joe Snider Fri, 05/15/2020 - 01:29 Here is what we know, or think we know, about COVID-19: it can spread through the air. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) , it is thought that the COVID-19 virus can spread "through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks." According to a news release from the National Institutes of Health on March 17, these respiratory droplets seem to be detectable in the air for as long as three hours. Here is what we also know about hospital buildings and the way they are designed: Ventilation is an important aspect for the design of medical facilities, embraced to prevent the spread of airborne disease. As engineer Gregory Hudson notes in his article " Ventilation Strategies for Healthcare Facilities ," "Appropriate ventilation, when properly applied and designed, can limit the spread of airborne pathogens throughout a healthcare ...
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Pictures of New Delhi smog tell only part of the story of India’s air pollution crisis 28.1.2019 LA Times: Commentary

This winter, as in every winter during the last several years, large parts of northern India have been enveloped in a haze of smog.

In November, after the annual Hindu festival Diwali, during which burning firecrackers is a custom, the air quality index in New Delhi, the capital, soared to 980...

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Tips to minimise indoor air pollution 31.3.2018 Health – The Indian Express
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NEERI designs improved cooking stoves to fight air pollution in rural households 7.2.2018 Pune – The Indian Express
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Airmega 400S offers smart, silent air purification (Review) 20.12.2017 TreeHugger
This home air purifier features HEPA filterscand a real-time air quality sensor, and can filter the air completely twice per hour in 1,560 square feet of living space.
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Why Office Buildings Should Run Like Spaceships 8.10.2017 Wall St. Journal: US Business
A flood of new sensors and data suggests the route to fitter, happier, more-productive workers is micromanaging our office environments as if we’re all on a long-haul flight to Mars
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Energy-efficient green buildings may emit hazardous chemicals 19.9.2017 Reuters Health
(Reuters Health) - Newly renovated low-income housing units in Boston earned awards for green design and building but flunked indoor air-quality tests, a new study shows.
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New study confirms that when it comes to healthy homes, material choices matter. 18.9.2017 TreeHugger
It also has real implications for our tighter homes with fewer air changes per hour.
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Biogas cookstoves can help nearby forests grow, new study finds 15.9.2017 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Meghna Agarwala, Post-doctoral Research Scientist of Columbia University, and Richie Ahuja, EDF Regional Director of Asia Degraded forest in Karnataka, India Clean-burning cookstoves powered by biogas help surrounding forests grow and regenerate, according to a new study by Columbia University scientists. The study in India finds that forest biomass and regeneration increased significantly after 10 years of introducing biogas stoves; because the stoves run off the gas produced by decomposing cow manure, they eliminate the need for cutting down trees and lopping them for firewood. This new finding suggests that biogas stoves, in addition to their role in improving indoor air quality, impacting household nutrition , and reducing carbon emissions, may help India reach its climate goals around improving forest cover and increasing carbon sequestration. Cookstoves in India About 41% households in India are dependent on fuelwood as their source of cooking, according to the 2011 Census of India survey. ...
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No, pollution is not just a Delhi problem and is certainly not limited to outdoors 30.3.2017 Technology – The Indian Express
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Report: Environmental hazards kill 1.7M kids under 5 each year 7.3.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Science
Indoor and outdoor air pollution is one of the most extreme threats to children's health -- and is on the rise, according to the World Health Organization.
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Report: Environmental Hazards Kill 1.7 Million Kids Under 5 Each Year 7.3.2017 NPR News
Indoor and outdoor air pollution is one of the most extreme threats to children's health — and is on the rise, according to the World Health Organization reports.
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Thoughtful Parenting: Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning 6.2.2017 Steamboat Pilot
During winter months, even as Northwest Colorado residents enjoy activities in the fresh mountain air, they also tend to spend more time indoors, breathing indoor air. If stoves or furnaces malfunction, families can be at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning, a leading cause of poisoning deaths in the U.S. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, toxic gas — a by-product of the incomplete combustion of fuels. Furnaces, stoves, wood or gas fireplaces, grills, generators, appliances, vehicles and boats can emit carbon monoxide. If these devices are not properly vented, the gas can accumulate to dangerous levels, causing coma and death. Accumulation of the gas could also occur in campers, tents, snow caves, boat cabins and under boat docks. Carbon monoxide replaces oxygen in the bloodstream and is released very slowly from the body. It’s accumulation in the blood affects the body’s ability to bring oxygen to vital organs and systems. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are similar to flu symptoms without fever. The ...
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A simple solution to bad indoor air 27.8.2016 Washington Post
The humble potted plant might offer a way to improve air quality and clear pollutants.
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Selecting the right house plant could improve indoor air 24.8.2016 Environmental News Network
Indoor air pollution is an important environmental threat to human health, leading to symptoms of "sick building syndrome." But researchers report that surrounding oneself with certain house plants could combat the potentially harmful effects of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), a main category of these pollutants. Interestingly, they found that certain plants are better at removing particular harmful compounds from the air, suggesting that, with the right plant, indoor air could become cleaner and safer. The researchers are presenting their work today at the 252nd National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS). ACS, the world's largest scientific society, is holding the meeting here through Thursday. It features more than 9,000 presentations on a wide range of science topics. A brand-new animation on the research is available at http://bit.ly/ACSindoorairpollution."Buildings, whether new or old, can have high levels of VOCs in them, sometimes so high that you can smell them," says ...
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5 houseplants for removing indoor air pollution 24.8.2016 TreeHugger
New research finds that certain houseplants are best for removing specific harmful compounds.
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This air purifier doesn't just filter indoor air pollution, it destroys it 25.5.2016 TreeHugger
Instead of just catching indoor air pollutants, the Molekule device is claimed to actually destroy them by breaking them down into harmless elements.
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Reinventing Green Building 17.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A new book is less reinvention than it is revisionism. "The green building revolution has stalled," declares Jerry Yudelson in Reinventing Green Building , to be released June 1 by New Society Publishers. His premise is that certification programs such as the US Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system are too costly and cumbersome: "By 2015, LEED had certified less than 1 percent of commercial buildings and homes in the US during its first 15 years. Annual project registrations and certifications for LEED in the US are now fewer in number in 2015 than in 2010. It's time for a green building program that works for 'the other 99 percent'...." Yudelson calls for green building advocates to "abandon the approach they have taken for the past 25 years." Instead, he argues, "The entire green building assessment process could easily be turned over to algorithms, eliminating a need for third-party auditors or assessors, as well as expensive consultants, ...
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