breath \ 'breth\ n [ME breth]
a. the air taken into or expelled from the lungs. (I was gasping for breath.) b. an inhalation or exhalation of air from the lungs. (She drew in a quick breath.) c. (archaic) the power of breathing; life. d. SPIRIT, ANIMATION— synonyms: life, life force; in one breath : almost simultaneously

Posts tagged "smog"
When All You Want for Christmas is Clean Air

When All You Want for Christmas is Clean Air

The lack of breatheable air in China this holiday season has prompted the people there to actually buy it. Vitality Air, a company in Canada, reports a brisk business selling bottled air from two Canadian locations–Lake Louise and Banff. The cans of air vary in size, but the site states that “7.7 liters provide approximately 150 breaths of...
Vive la Différence! Paris Goes Car-less

Vive la Différence! Paris Goes Car-less

In an effort to improve air quality, Paris held its first “Une Journée Sans Voiture” – a day without a car. For one day, on September 27th, almost one-third of Paris went car-free, including on the Champs Élysées, which was filled with thousands of people walking and on bikes. The results were impressive and surprising. Levels of...
Insult, Injury, Rejection and Death

Insult, Injury, Rejection and Death

New research shows that living on or near busy roads with high levels of air pollution raises the risk that a lung transplant recipient will experience organ rejection and death. Based on data gathered  from lung transplant patients in 10 European countries between 1987 and 2013, researchers determined that those recipients who lived in areas with...
Put a Ring on It

Put a Ring on It

Dutch artist, Daan Roosegaarde has started a crowd source fund raising campaign on the website Kickstarter to build the world’s biggest air purifier. The tower, the first of which will be in the Netherlands, would put out  123 million cubic feet of clean air per day and tour the world including to a few cities known for...
The King's Air is a Royal Killer

The King’s Air is a Royal Killer

In an attempt to quantify the effects on people inhaling nitrogen dioxide (NO2), a toxic and common pollutant, a study was commissioned by the Greater London Authority and Transport and conducted by researchers at King’s College London. Through a haze of toxic air, the study reveled that nearly 9,500 people die early each year in...
What You Buy Is What You Breathe

What You Buy Is What You Breathe

To raise awareness about the air pollution created from the burning of forests to make way for palm oil plantations in Malaysia and Indonesia, the environmental group WWF has  launched a “you breathe what you buy” campaign. Images of lipstick, toothbrushes and food products that are made using palm oil are featured in billboards and videos....