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Particulate Matter in the News

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

In The Home and On The Job
While our Partnership focuses on outdoor air quality, indoor air quality is als a concern.

A recent study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University found an association between increasing levels of indoor particulate matter pollution and the severity of asthma symptoms among children. Read the story here.

In related news, a new study looks at the potentially dangerous particulate emissions of laser printers, here.

In Business and Industry
"The Pirelli DPF systems, known as Feelpure, are produced using silicon carbide, a thermal-shock-resistant ceramic material, and on average allow for a 95% or greater reduction in particulate matter emitted by diesel engines and a 50% cut in NO2 emissions." Read the story here.

In Academia
Last week, Duke University held a symposium on clean air, safe food, and pure water. "The issues associated with air quality and human health were addressed by Dr. Daniel Costa of the US-EPA and Dr. Peter Thorne of the University of Iowa. Costa commented on the emergence of human-caused particulate matter in the air, while Thorne explained how bioaerosol exposure can lead to asthma." Read the story at the Duke Research Blog.