Home > Lifestyle > EnviroHealth > Faqs Faqs All sections in Environmental Health » 21st Century Life » FAQs » Animals » Climate and pollution » Hazards and disasters » EnviroHealth News » Green Tips Sun damage through glass Does glass, like a car window, offer any protection from the sun's rays? Start A Health24 blog » Follow Health24 on Facebook » Test Are you envirohealth savvy? » Ask EnviroHealth Expert » Blood Lions: Bred for the Bullet movie trailer The amazing mountains on Pluto Glossary of environmental terms This glossary is a work in progress. If the term or concept that's baffling you isn't on this list, just ask and we'll add it. Which meat harms the planet most? Lamb, pork, beef, chicken: which meats do the most damage to the environment? Can smoking cause global warming? Smoking itself doesn't significantly contribute to climate change, but the farming and processing of tobacco certainly does. Is the ozone hole still an issue? Since the phase-out of ozone-depleting compounds, atmospheric concentrations of many such gases has lessened. However, it will take many years for the ozone hole to heal. Black particles in tapwater? Q: My kitchen sink mixer was recently replaced by a plumber and he flushed the pipes for more than half an hour, emptying my geyser in the process. What are “heavy metals”? “Heavy metals” are those with high density. They are often implicated in human poisoning, especially lead, mercury, arsenic and cadmium. Can aircon make you sick? Does the air conditioner in a office make one sick? Flu? Colds? Sinus conditions? What is multiple chemical sensitivity? “Multiple chemical sensitivity” means that a person is hypersensitive to chemicals in the environment. The condition is associated with chronic flu-like or allergy-like symptoms What is sick building syndrome? Sick building syndrome is when people who occupy a building experience symptoms that occur mainly when they spend time there. The cause is thought to be poor indoor air quality. load more articles advertisement From our sponsors The three stress-busting basics you can’t afford to ignore Detangle the myths from the facts Why you should try the cold or hot approach for sports-related injuries Head lice myth busters! Live healthier Coffee and wine for the win! » Could heartburn drugs upset your 'good' gut bacteria? Life is a gut reaction Good news! Coffee & wine may promote a healthy gut Diverse bacteria help your gut stay healthy. Here's how what you eat and drink can help or harm that balance - and it's not all bad news. I gave hubby HIV » Giving babies antibodies promptly may eliminate HIV Vaginal ring to prevent HIV on the cards I gave my husband HIV and watched him die Stephanie van Niekerk unwittingly infected her husband with HIV and ended up having to watch him wither and die in front of her very eyes. This is Stephanie's story in her own words.