The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic will go down as one of the most disruptive events in modern history. Of all the conditions that have affected the world due to the pandemic, one thing that is causing a growing concern is the increase in waste volume. The increase in the volume of waste products has caused considerable concern that the virus may spread faster than ever before.
Increase in COVID-19 Waste Product
Waste processing systems around the world are predicated on the movement and location ...
You may be surprised to learn just how many hazardous chemicals are in your home. This is because many chemicals are used for cleaning, providing anti-freeze or brake fluid for your vehicles, and even nail polish remover or contact cement. There are four basic types of substances that are harmful to you, your family, and pets that may be in your home.
Acidic: They destroy materials on contact Explosive: Under the right conditions, they can explode Flammable: Easy to set aflamePoisons: ...
Paint Over the Danger of Lead
Lead was present in paint prior to 1978. It provided strength and durability, but it also created a serious health risk to those living inside the home, particularly children. Lead has not been included in paint for over four decades. There are still thousands of homes that have lead paint inside.
The lead paint may be under layers of newer paint that keep the exposure to a minimum. Renovation projects may uncover the paint and cause the ...
E-Waste consists of discarded electronic parts. It is quickly becoming one of the largest disposal issues. Finding ways to properly dispose of electronic panels, computers, mobile devices, and other scrap electronic devices are becoming quite problematic.
This is especially true in developing countries where advances in digital technology are rapidly rising. The lack of recycling e-waste is leading to rising health concerns.
The Buildup of E-Waste
The reason why electronic waste is becoming a greater issue is because of advancing technology. Today’s computers, mobile ...
Lead contamination has been in the news recently, most notably in cities where the water supply have been tainted by the presence of lead. However, one of the most common sources of lead contamination originates from lead paint that was used in homes prior to 1978. The dust from that lead paint is one of the most common sources of lead poisoning which affects families around the world.
Any lead paint that was used in homes prior to 1978 may be under ...
Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that has struck thousands of people across the US. This form of cancer is rare. The source is exposure to asbestos particles in the air. Those who have contracted mesothelioma were at some point exposed to airborne asbestos fibers over extended periods of time.
But what is mesothelioma and how does asbestos cause cancer to form in the lungs?
Understanding how it develops helps to identify if you may be vulnerable to this horrible form of cancer.
What is Asbestos?
Mold is a term used for a collection of fungi that are found virtually everywhere in the air. When in a dry state, mold is relatively harmless. However, on surfaces that provide a source of food in a humid atmosphere, they can take hold and grow quickly. It does not take long for mold to grow inside the home. It can consume materials, cause damage to structural integrity, and even create respiratory issues.
A damp environment represents a potential home for mold ...
There are many hazards in your home that can be seen. However, many hazards in the home are not visible to the naked eye. It is this type of unseen hazard that is the most dangerous. They can be present in the home for years and can cause damage to you and your family. You can increase awareness of these potential dangers by understanding what to look for.
Most Common Health Hazards
Cleaning Products: Traditional cleaning products made from ammonia or bleach have been ...
The recent events in Flint, Michigan have led many families to become concerned about the drinking water in their homes. However, they may be overlooking another source of lead that is coming in through their open windows.
Lead may still be present in the paint and wood of homes in the US that were constructed before 1978. Every time a window is opened, the fine lead dust is disturbed. Children are especially vulnerable. They are closer to the ground and more likely to ...
The rise of electronic devices, from televisions and radios to computers, laptops, mobile devices, and so much more, has created an electronic waste, or e-waste, issue. With over 50 million tons of e-waste being generated every year, only about 10 million tons are being recycled. The rest piles up in landfills where the toxic materials are starting to cause concern.
The natural solution is recycling, but e-waste is different from most items that undergo the recycling process. There is the added expense ...