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2010-10-22 00:00:37

Research Points to the Danger Posed by VOCs Found in Drinking Water Carlsbad, CA (Vocus) October 21, 2010 LIFE Ionizers, announces the release of their innovative Dolphin Home Filtration Systemâ“ž¢ which substantially reduces the presence of many toxins found in drinking water including VOCs which have been linked to many serious health problems such as damage to the liver, kidney, central nervous system and cancer. Comprehensive information concerning VOCs is...

2010-10-14 13:35:11

New research published in the Oct. 14 issue of Nature Atmospheric fine particles affect the Earth's radiation balance by interacting with solar radiation and by participating in cloud formation. Biogenic volatile organic compounds are key players in new particle formation processes. Hence, terrestrial vegetation has an important role as the newly formed particles cool our climate. The chemical composition of such secondary organic aerosol (SOA) particles formed from volatile compounds emitted...

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2010-09-23 13:45:58

In many developing countries, the absence of surface-based air pollution sensors makes it difficult, and in some cases impossible, to get even a rough estimate of the abundance of a subcategory of airborne particles that epidemiologists suspect contributes to millions of premature deaths each year. The problematic particles, called fine particulate matter (PM2.5), are 2.5 micrometers or less in diameter, about a tenth the fraction of human hair. These small particles can get past the body's...

2010-09-13 06:00:00

GUELPH, ON, Sept. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - BIOREM Inc. ("Biorem" or "the Company") (TSX-V: BRM), a leading clean technology company that designs and supplies high-efficiency biological-based air emissions control systems, today announced it has been awarded $1.2 million from the Innovation Demonstration Fund (IDF) of the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation to support the development of its VOC (volatile organic compound) treatment...

2010-09-07 13:21:38

Children and teens with higher blood levels of chemicals used in the production of non-stick cookware and waterproof fabrics appear more likely to have elevated total and LDL cholesterol levels, according to a report in the September issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Humans are exposed to the man-made compounds known as perfluoroalkyl acids"”including perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonate...

2010-08-31 15:44:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Environmental Protection and its regional air quality partnerships have forecast an air quality action day for Wednesday, Sept. 1, in all five forecasting regions of Pennsylvania. The air quality forecast predicts Wednesday will be code ORANGE for ozone in the Pittsburgh, Liberty/Clairton, Susquehanna Valley, Lehigh Valley/Berks and Philadelphia regions. It will also be code ORANGE for fine particulate matter in the...

2010-08-30 16:26:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Environmental Protection and its regional air quality partnerships have forecast an air quality action day for Tuesday, Aug. 31, in all five forecasting regions of Pennsylvania. The air quality forecast predicts Tuesday will be code ORANGE for ozone in the Pittsburgh, Liberty/Clairton, Susquehanna Valley, Lehigh Valley/Berks and Philadelphia regions. It will also be code ORANGE for fine particulate matter in the...

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2010-08-17 09:10:00

Another reason for including asthma on the list of potential health risks posed by secondhand tobacco smoke, especially for non-smokers, has been uncovered. Furthermore, the practice of using ozone to remove the smell of tobacco smoke from indoor environments, including hotel rooms and the interiors of vehicles, is probably a bad idea. A new study by researchers with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) shows that ozone can react with the nicotine in secondhand smoke to...

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2010-08-11 19:01:45

A thick blanket of yellow haze hovering over Houston as a result of chemical pollution produced by manufacturing petroleum products may be getting a little bit thinner, according to a new study.But the new findings -- which have implications for petrochemical-producing cities around the world -- come with a catch, says a team of scientists from the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, or CIRES, a joint institute of the University of Colorado at Boulder and the...

2010-08-09 10:21:00

HOUSTON, Aug. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Chemical Market Associates, Inc. (CMAI) announces the completion of the 2010 World Butylenes Analysis, a global study that highlights key historical developments and future trends in supply, demand, production, capacity, trade, pricing and profitability for the period 2004 to 2014. Product coverage extends from butene-1, high purity isobutylene, MTBE and ETBE, to contained isobutylenes and contained normal butylenes, as well as major derivatives. The...