Gap Fill - Household Items - Level 6


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Scientists say we are of a massive of pollution that is right under our very . Everyday household items such as toothpaste, foam, deodorant, perfume and furniture polish contain volatile that help to cause pollution. Dr Brian McDonald, an air-pollution researcher at the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, conducted into how our homes create pollution. His team was to find that household items now contribute as to particular types of air pollution as cars, trucks and other . Dr McDonald said that as "the transportation sector gets cleaner, these other ...become more and more important".

The researchers focused on organic compounds (VOCs) in a whole range of household items. VOCs react with to form ozone pollution. This escapes into the environment and gets trapped in our house or , causing pollution in our homes. The scientists said VOCs interact with other chemicals to form tiny in the . These particles can lead to damage. Dr McDonald said governments should regulate household products more to reduce their negative on our health. He issued a warning, saying: "The things I use in the morning to get ready for work are comparable to emissions that come out of the of my car."

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