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  • Asthma and Air Pollutants Discussed in New Video

    Today, the IAQ Video Network and Cochrane & Associates announced the release of their latest educational video.  Their newest production discusses asthma and common asthma triggers that impact close to 25 million Americans with the condition. “The CDC states that people with asthma have it all the time, but they will only have asthma attacks when something ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Occupational and Residential Wood Smoke Exposure Concerns

    During the cold winter months, many people burn wood in their homes for heat and ambience. While this can provide for an economical way to heat a home, some people could be exposed to wood smoke in the air they breathe. Workers in some occupations may also be exposed to wood smoke on a daily basis.   The smell of burning wood is pleasant to some people, but even though wood is a natural ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Beijing issues 2nd smog red alert of the month

    China's capital Beijing issued its second smog red alert of the month on Friday, triggering vehicle restrictions and forcing schools to close. A wave of smog is due to settle over the city of 22.5 million ...


    By Associated Press

  • Acetone and Exposure Concerns Discussed in New Video

    Today, the IAQ Video Network and Cochrane & Associates announced the release of their latest educational video.  Their newest production discusses potential exposure concerns to acetone in the home or work environment.  “People can be exposed to acetone by breathing it, ingesting it or absorbing it through their skin,” said Paul ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Fall Property Maintenance Tips to Help Avoid Common Indoor Environmental Quality Issues

    With the fall season in full swing, now is an ideal time to check the condition of a home or commercial property and perform some preventive maintenance tasks. Taking steps now can help to ensure a property is in good condition to provide a safe and comfortable place for building occupants before cooler winter weather arrives.   “Preventive maintenance ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • EPA Settles Major Air Pollution Case with CEMEX de Puerto Rico, Inc.

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that CEMEX de Puerto Rico, Inc., a major cement producer, will spend an estimated $1.7 million on pollution controls that will reduce harmful emissions of nitrogen oxides, pollutants that can lead to respiratory illnesses, including asthma. In addition, the company will pay a $160,000 penalty for Clean Air Act violations. “Air ...

  • Blast devastates refinery, sends ash raining down on area

    An explosion devastated a section of a refinery on Wednesday morning, shaking nearby homes, raining down ash and injuring four people. Experts said the disruption to production would likely drive up gas prices in California. The blast at the Exxon Mobil Corp. facility occurred in a recently installed processing facility, Fire Department ...


    By Associated Press

  • EPA Tips for Building a Cleaner Fire this Holiday Season

    Across the country this holiday season, families and friends will gather around fires in woodstoves or fireplaces. But how you build that fire – and what you burn – can have a significant impact on air quality and health, both inside your home and out. Whether you’re using a woodstove, pellet stove, or your fireplace, seeing smoke from your chimney means your fire isn’t ...

  • Puerto Rico`s IAQ Experts Identify Indoor Asthma Triggers

    According to figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 12 adults has asthma and 1 in 11 children suffers from the condition in the United States. The CDC also reports that 9 people die from asthma each day and that the condition costs the country $56 billion each year. Although there is no cure for asthma, the condition can be treated with medications and by avoiding ...


    By Zimmetry Environmental

  • Rickshaw research reveals extreme Delhi pollution

    The three-wheeled rickshaw lurched through New Delhi's commuter-clogged streets with an American scientist and several air pollution monitors in the back seat. Car horns blared. A scrappy scooter buzzed by belching black smoke from its tailpipe. One of the monitors spiked. Joshua Apte has alarming findings for anyone who spends time on or near the roads in this city of 25 million. The numbers are ...


    By Associated Press

  • Batteries in Germany exceed new EU toxic metal limits

    Levels of toxic metals in batteries were not immediately reduced in line with new limits imposed by EU regulations, according to a survey from Germany. The study focuses on concentrations of toxic metals contained in batteries sold in Germany in 2010 and 2011, but its authors say the results are relevant to other EU countries. The EU Batteries Directive1 sets limits for the content of hazardous ...

  • Say ‘Hello’ to the new DynOptic website!

    DynOptic Systems have today launched their new website; www.dynoptic.com.The new site design provides online visitors with dramatic improvements in navigation, appearance and accessibility. The launch of the new website, which offers quick and easy access to essential information on the ...


    By DynOptic Systems Ltd

  • EPA and Buffalo Community Foundation Team Up to Prevent Asthma Attacks Results of $55,000 EPA Asthma Education Grant Highlighted

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator, Judith A. Enck joined representatives of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo and a Buffalo family to highlight the organization’s successful efforts to reduce indoor air pollution that can trigger asthma attacks. The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo is utilizing a $54,840 grant from EPA to conduct an asthma ...

  • Scientist behind pioneering black carbon research receives UN ‘Champion of the Earth’ Award

    An atmospheric scientist whose landmark research showed that cutting emissions of 'black carbon' or soot can significantly lessen the impacts of climate change, improve the health of millions of rural poor, and avoid crop losses, is to receive a 2013 Champions of the Earth award; the UN 's highest environmental accolade. Veerabhadran Ramanathan - Distinguished Professor of Climate and Atmospheric ...

  • Wildfire in Colorado Kills Two and Causes 38,000 to Evacuate

    A wildfire in Colorado Spring, CO has forced 38,000 to evacuate, burned 473 homes, and has killed two, according to NBC News. The deadly fire covers about 25 square miles and is 65% percent contained as of Monday morning. Three major wildfires burned in Colorado over the weekend, but the Black Forest fire has been classified as the most destructive on record in the state. In ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Automotive electronics manufacturer fined $500,000 for selling illegal devices resulting in tons of excess particulate matter emissions

    In a settlement with the United States on behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, automotive electronics manufacturer Edge Products LLC (Edge) has agreed to pay a $500,000 civil penalty for manufacturing and selling electronic devices that allowed owners of model year 2007 and later diesel pickup trucks to remove emission controls from their vehicles. Diesel trucks that are not ...

  • Physical and Chemical Analysis Equipment - Global Markets Package

    This market research report package offers a perspective on the actual market situation, trends and future outlook for physical and chemical analysis equipment in different countries around the world. The studies provide essential market information for decision-makers including: - Overall market value for physical and chemical analysis equipment in different countries - Overall market volume for ...


  • Declining air pollution improves life expectancy

    A new study led by researchers at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) has found an association between reductions in fine particulate matter and improved life expectancy in 545 counties in the U.S. from 2000 to 2007. It is the largest study to date to find beneficial effects to public health of continuing to reduce air pollution levels in the U.S. The study appears in the December 3, 2012 ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Colorado Wildfire Leaves over 3,000 Acres Destroyed

    Colorado’s Waldo Canyon Fire is reportedly the most destructive in state history. According to the Burned Area Emergency Response assessment team, 3,375 acres were left severely damaged as a result of the wildfire. The Associated Press reports that the blaze was so hot that nearly 20% of the soil in the area was burned to the point that no living plants were left on the surface and no root ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Formaldehyde has nowhere to hide with launch of new monitor from Enviro Technology

      With formaldehyde present in everything from paper, plywood, MDF, carpets, adhesives, cosmetics, personal care products, disinfectants and cigarette smoke, to name a few, it is impossible to completely eradicate exposure in everyday life. But now, thanks to the launch of Enviro Technology’s new ground-breaking Formaldehyde Monitor, businesses and industry can now accurately measure ...

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