How Wildfires In California Affect Air Quality

It is no surprise that wildfires affect air quality. Pollution from wildfires in California and Australia over the years has greatly affected air quality levels. Pictures like the one above show the large amounts of smoke and pollution produced by these wildfires in California. But how exactly does the smoke … Read more

Can Activated Carbon Remove Formaldehyde?

Can activated carbon filters remove formaldehyde and VOCs? Earlier tests from Smart Air found that carbon can reduce VOCs from cigarette smoke. But formaldehyde and VOCs in general are particular concern for many people. We put activated carbon filters to the test by ordering formaldehyde straight from the factory and … Read more

Dyson Pure Cool air Purifier Tower CADR Review

Dyson Pure Cool Air Purifier Review: Shockingly Bad

Dyson’s Pure Cool air purifier looks impressive. However a review of its clean air rating (CADR) reveals this filter does a poor job of providing clean air – the Dyson TP05 Pure Cool’s CADR comes in at just 164m3/hr. That means the Dyson Pure Cool air purifier out as much … Read more

Can Plants Filter Out Formaldehyde and Benzene VOCs?

There’s a popular conception that plants are effective at filtering out VOCs like benzene and formaldehyde, but can plants filter harmful chemicals at meaningful levels? Recent studies have found that that plants have no detectable on removing formaldehyde or other gas pollutants under real-world conditions. Why People Think Plants Can … Read more

Is Asbestos in China a Problem?

Asbestos in China is a commonly used building material, and it may be more dangerous than formaldehyde. So why do so few people talk about asbestos in China? Contrast that with other pollutants. One day a few years ago, a Chinese friend of mine asked me about jiaquan (甲醛). “Huh?” I … Read more

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