Ultrafine particles in the environment

Yesterday I logged into a webinar run by the instrument manufacturer, TSI, on “Exposure to Ultrafine Particles- Indoor, Outdoor and In-Vehicle Concentrations: Sources, and Particle Dynamics”, presented by Dr Lance Wallace a leading researcher in the measurement of ultrafine particles. The potential risks to health from sub-micron ultrafine particles has been a high profile occupationalContinue reading “Ultrafine particles in the environment”

Particulate pollution – PM10 and PM2.5

Airborne particulate is a major component of urban air pollution. Anthropogenic sources  include combustion within car engines, solid-fuel combustion in households, industrial activities (such as building, mining, manufacturing of cement, ceramics and bricks, and smelting), quarrying and mining. Epidemiological evidence indicates a clear relationship between exposure to particulate matter and effects on health, particularly smallerContinue reading “Particulate pollution – PM10 and PM2.5”

Climate change increases the impact of Persistent Organic Pollutants

Human activity releases a large number of chemical pollutants into the environment, many of which are harmful to human health. Some chemicals that are particularly noted for their ability to persist in the environment once released and for their harmful effects on health and the environment, are collectively known as “persistent organic pollutants” (POPs). TheseContinue reading “Climate change increases the impact of Persistent Organic Pollutants”

Pollution and human health

For a number of years now, in November / December I’ve contributed to an MSc in Pollution and Environmental Control, delivering a couple of lectures covering “Pollution and human health”. People can be exposed to pollutants by inhalation of air pollution, and ingestion of polluted water or foodstuffs. Their effects on human health can be DirectContinue reading “Pollution and human health”