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How Global Warming is Linked to Allergies

Nothing could be more hazardous to your health than the quality of the air you breathe.

In Canada, air pollution and aeroallergens have significant implications for health.

It is now well-established by researchers that climate change could result in a deterioration of several aspects of air quality, including:

  • an increase in air pollution levels—pollutants such as ozone and particles of different sizes (particulate matter, or PM),
  • more frequent or severe air pollution and heat episodes—which together, have an even greater impact
  • increased emissions from the natural environment—such as from fires and dust
  • increase in aeroallergen levels—substances in the air, like pollen, that can cause allergic reactions

Source: Public Health Agency of Canada

An article written by Rachel Becker further looks at why allergies will be even more miserable in the future. Becker provides some interesting insight, drawing from her own personal battle with season allergies, to further put things in perspective.

It’s as clear as the day used to be (before smog and pollutants): Global warming is linked to allergies. Simply put, global warming stems from increased carbon dioxide (CO2) levels. “Plants absorb carbon dioxide to make fuel via photosynthesis, so the idea is that more CO2 in the air means more food for the plants. That could lead to more plant growth — and more pollen,” writes Becker.

With climate change, any changes in the outdoor levels of pollutants or allergens could affect indoor levels. And since people spend approximately 90% of their time indoors, the quality air indoors is important now more than ever.

How to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Fortunately, there are ways to combat the unwelcome inhabitants that harm the quality of air in our homes. The Public Health Agency of Canada recommends the obvious: avoiding highly polluted areas where possible, being aware of potential hazards, using air filters, and talking to your doctor.

To take it one step further, evaluate air purification systems to keep outdoor allergens at bay. BetterAir by Yellowblue Canada, for example, uses the power of environmental probiotics to continuously consume (clean) bad bacteria like the pollen, dust mite waste, and pet dander that collect throughout your home.

There’s a world of good that comes from BetterAir! From increased protection from indoor irritants, to effective and long-lasting residual cleaning, BetterAir has it all.

Our probiotic air purifcation system provides probiotic misting to help with bad odor control and management. And because our technology is 100% natural, chemical-free & environmentally friendly, you can rest easy at night knowing your family and pets are safe.

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How the BC Liberals Played Politics with BC Hydro

Article By By Richard McCandless, The Tyee

The Liberal government in Ontario is facing a major political crisis due to opposition to the rapid increase in electricity prices, which have jumped by about 70 per cent for peak consumption in the last five years.

The rising price of electricity in Ontario has been attributed to growth in fixed costs, longer-term lucrative contracts for private power suppliers, the cost of major capital expenditures, the move to green power generation and falling demand for electricity. Public concern about growing electricity rates forced the government to announce this month it would cut bills by an average of 17 per cent. Borrowing the money to cover the lost revenue will saddle taxpayers with $1.4 billion in interest payments annually.

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Electricity Costs Shock Vancouver Island Homeowners

Article By Katherine Dedyna, Victoria Times Colonist

The commission decided on Jan. 20 to phase out the E-Plus program because there is no longer surplus power in the system, and the rest of Hydro’s customers are subsidizing the lower rates.

The E-Plus discount was “supposed to last till we all died,” said Oak Bay resident Angus Matthews, 64, one of an estimated 5,000 E-Plus Hydro customers on the Island. There are about 7,500 E-Plus customers in B.C.

The program was started in 1987 by Jack Davis, the B.C. energy minister, to equalize heating costs on the Island and parts of B.C. that did not have access to natural gas, which was available in the Lower Mainland.

Natural gas did not arrive on the Island until 1992, so the E-Plus discount was based on what Lower Mainland customers paid for natural gas. Hydro required households to install backup heating systems, such as oil or propane, to qualify for E-Plus because the surplus electricity might be cut off if required by the system. The commission said E-Plus power has never been cut off.