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Deep Dive Into Air

15 May 2023

A recent series about the composition and quality of air in the various environments where adventure travelers spend time helps us understand and appreciate the importance of clean air, and why cleaning up excess carbon dioxide and storing it permanently is worthwhile. 

In one post, learn about forest air and phytoncides. Phytoncides are airborne chemicals that act as a tree's defense system against attacking organisms like bacteria and fungi. Forming an atmospheric barrier around a tree, they also have the benefit of increasing levels of natural killer cells in the human immune system. Not only that, they reduce cortisol, adrenaline and noradrenaline levels in our bodies. There are thousands of types of phytoncides with different beneficial properties. For instance, phytoncide alpha-pinene has been shown to enhance sleep and beta-pinene has antidepressant properties. 

Learn more about forest air, mountain air, tropical air, desert air and the air at sea in the full article: All About Air.