Ambient Air, CANCER-CHECK: Ambient Air, Environment & Energy

THE THING WITH DIESEL EXHAUST

There's just something about diesel exhaust. Something that makes it stand out uniquely and not in a good way. In many ways it represents a bandit released from captivity and given all the instruments of torture and torment. There's just something about it's odour that's so captivating yet so lethal. There's something about it's contents… Continue reading THE THING WITH DIESEL EXHAUST

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HEXAVALENT CHROMIUM: HALTING THE RISKY ADVANCE

The confusing thing about chromium is it exists in different forms: trivalent and hexavalent chromium. Interestingly whereas trivalent chromium is used as a food supplement, chromium in it's hexavalent form is a potent human carcinogen associated with lung and stomach cancers. Hexavalent chromium prevalence in the environment is dictated mainly by human activities. Two come… Continue reading HEXAVALENT CHROMIUM: HALTING THE RISKY ADVANCE

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CADMIUM POLLUTION: QUESTIONS BEGGING ANSWERS

Cadmium pollution raises more questions than answers because of three reasons: Firstly, cadmium is very scarce on the earth's crust. Why is it increasingly gaining notoriety as a metal pollutant? Secondly, unlike many other metallic pollutants, cadmium is highly toxic even at very small doses. Why aren't stringent measures being put in place to monitor… Continue reading CADMIUM POLLUTION: QUESTIONS BEGGING ANSWERS

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VERSATILE BIOCHAR: THE AIR WE WANT

Activated biochar is useful in remediating against air pollution. Though the air pollution problem is global, developing nations especially in Africa, South Asia and Latin America take the hardest hit. One of the main reason is the urban sprawl which leads to growth of informal settlements along major highways. Many public transport and heavy commercial… Continue reading VERSATILE BIOCHAR: THE AIR WE WANT

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BEYOND MEDICINE, LET’S TALK PREVENTION

Discussions have been done and are still ongoing. Deliberations have been made and still are being made. Cancer is an expensive disease to treat. That's why ways must be found to stop it on it's tracks before it hits target. But while, most discussions understandably focus on diagnosis and treatment of existing cases little is… Continue reading BEYOND MEDICINE, LET’S TALK PREVENTION

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DIOXINS: BESIEGING OUR AIR & FOOD

If we can trace the source of a hazard, we feel in control. But what happens when danger lurks indiscriminately all around us? How do we manage a toxin that possibly exists in our air, food and even water? Such is the challenge dioxins bring to our world. A challenge that has even led the… Continue reading DIOXINS: BESIEGING OUR AIR & FOOD

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BACKGROUND RADIATION: THE PASSIVE CARCINOGEN

The term 'radioactivity' oftentimes triggers pictures of a catastrophic nuclear melt down...a leakage of radioactive material that is hazardous to life. But it need not carry such tremendous consequences for it to attract our attention. Background radiation is increasingly coming to the fore in many discussions where it concerns cancer. But before we embark on… Continue reading BACKGROUND RADIATION: THE PASSIVE CARCINOGEN