TAG: Pollutants

The Atmosphere Has A Recycling Washing Machine

The Atmosphere Has A Recycling Washing Machine

The atmosphere’s ability to recycle pollutants is being compared to a washing machine that can recycle the detergent from the wash cycle, and then use it again when the area needs a good cleaning. Troposphere research specialists from the Institute of Energy and Climate Research in Jülich, Germany found that radicals are actually recycled in an atmospheric stage called isoprene degradation. The researchers were able to effectively show that isoprene, a naturally occurring hydrocarbon, can be broken down, or cleansed, by hydroxyl radicals. These radicals are referred to as the atmosphere’s cleansing agents that are capable of reducing isoprene, which… read more

Wake Up and Smell the Scent Shop

Wake Up and Smell the Scent Shop

When thinking of fashion, scents and perfumes may not readily come to mind. However, boutiques that are focused on the aromatic are becoming a new trend in retail. More than shopping for a fragrance and more than a design accessory, in addition to scented infusions smell shops are also selling an experience. They summon people to filter in, take it slow and indulge a sense that may be overrun by not so pleasant fragrances that are encountered throughout the day. Things like vehicle emissions, chemicals and other pollutants are just a few of the not so enjoyable odors that we… read more

The Lungs Of A City

The Lungs Of A City

Great pillars of the Earth, running in thickets along riverbanks and spotting the backs of mountains, trees offer sylvan beauty and life – in the form of the oxygen they provide, as well as the creatures that flock to them for protection. Of course, they can also be found in cities amassed with concrete where pavement makes way for them to take root. And in this setting they provide more than friendly tree-lined streets. Trees have many qualities whose value is unique to urban and suburban environments. Areas with concentrated population density produce a heat-island effect, which accounts for higher temperatures, more greenhouse emissions, and… read more

Hidden Toxins in our Homes

Houseplants reduce toxins in the home

Home. As popular comedian George Carlin once said, “Home is just a place for your stuff.” This is true in a sense. But home is also, as the common saying goes “a person’s castle”. A place to eat, sleep, and dance about looking ridiculous. If home is a castle, and a place for our stuff, it should be safe and comfortable. And while locks on the doors might make it feel safe, most of us don’t know that inside our castles the air is most likely to contain four to five times the legal limit for outdoor pollutants and toxic… read more