Home > Lifestyle > Environmental Health > 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 Tell-tale signs you need a mattress upgrade Keen to win a R2 000 voucher? Good health begins in your gastrointestinal tract ACC 200 works fast to break down mucus Live healthier Your hearing » Are you going deaf or do you just need to unblock your ears? 4 foods that can improve your hearing Healthy eating may protect your hearing Watching what you eat can improve the quality of your hearing and reduce your risk of hearing loss. Quit smoking » Tougher anti-tobacco laws in the pipeline Bad news, smokers: It's going to be more inconvenient to smoke This is why many SA smokers quit – Health24 survey After running our survey for several weeks, the results are in – and they reveal interesting information about smoking and tobacco use in South Africa.