Tuesday, February 20, 2018

7 Critical Air Quality Tips for Travelers

(With spring and summer seemingly just around the corner, we thought this piece by Kate Thora to be very timely.)

When you’re getting ready to head to a new destination, one of the last things that many people think of is whether or not they will get sick from simply breathing. If you live in the industrialized world, you probably think that under-developed places don’t have the same issues with pollutants and poor air quality that you would find closer to home, but you would likely be mistaken. Most industrialized countries have been aware of the dangers of pollutants for decades and have enacted policies to combat them. 
On the other hand, many common travel destinations are significantly less likely to have put in place caps on pollution emissions, and you’ll often find that the air quality is significantly worse than you expected. In some large cities around the world, it can be truly dangerous to be outdoors somedays. If you’re headed someplace new, you should do a bit of research into the air quality issues at your destination before you depart and take steps to protect your health if necessary. Here are some tips for dealing with poor air quality while traveling.

Friday, February 09, 2018

How Can We Capitalize on the Effects Plants Have on the Atmosphere?

(Here is the latest interesting piece from our regular contributor, Emily Folk)

Plants rule our planet almost as much as humans do. From the giant redwoods of California to the ancient bristlewood pines to the microscopic phytoplankton in the oceans, plants sculpt our world. They are the main reason we have the atmosphere we do, since their ability to photosynthesize draws large amounts of carbon dioxide from the air and replaces it with oxygen.