4 in 10 Americans Still Breathe Dirty Air

Apr 21, 2017, 03:21
4 in 10 Americans Still Breathe Dirty Air

The organization released its 2016 State of the Air report Wednesday, which analyzed 2013-2015 data from county, state, federal and tribal authorities about ozone and long and short-term particle levels.

Billings said: "They've done more than any other state to counteract air pollution". Each of those metrics yields different results - Los Angeles is the worst United States city for ozone, for example, but not when it comes to year-round particle pollution, which is the ranking we use in this article.

Ratings for many counties and cities can not be made because they lack monitoring equipment, but those that do - and received F's - were Kenosha, Manitowoc, Ozaukee and Sheboygan. Particulate pollution, which includes matter such as dirt, dust, and soot, can often have similar root causes, including manufacturing, construction, and automobile use.

Days with excessive ozone, which can trigger asthma attacks and worsen other lung problems, were down over past year.

Individuals inhaling high levels of these particles are at considerably greater risk of adverse health outcomes such as difficulty breathing and cardiovascular-related illnesses.

Children are at special risk from air pollution because their lungs are still growing, health experts say.

Overall, air quality nationwide has improved slightly, according to the Lung Association report.

While Milwaukee is not considered one of the cleanest cities in the US, it does have a good track record when it comes to clean air.

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"Some disturbing spikes in daily particle pollution levels especially in areas that might be more affected by climate change", said Stewart. It hit sixth in the nation for the number of unhealthy days for particle pollution and fourth in the nation for year-round particle pollution levels.

Almost four in 10 people live in a city where pollution levels are too risky to breathe.

In the Bay Area, San Francisco, Marin and Sonoma counties got A grades for ozone, while Napa and San Mateo counties received B grades.

Salinas, meanwhile, was recognized as one of the nation's cleanest cities, thanks to zero unhealthy ozone days and one of the lowest year-round particle pollution levels.

The report said Luzerne County had only 0.7 "bad air days" - when ozone levels exceeded EPA standards - from smog per year from 2013 and 2015.

"The Clean Air Act has directly led to technologies and air quality improvements which is making the air that we breathe cleaner and healthier".

The study also points out that climate change is making it more hard to protect human health, along with the increased risk of premature death, asthma attacks and lung cancer. According to the ALA, California's weather and geography complicate the strong effort the state continues to make to reduce emissions.

"Dirty air is blowing into our region, it mixes with pollution from motor vehicles in our region and the result is high levels of ozone", he said. Steps to clean up emissions that produce these widespread pollutants have allowed many cities to reach the lowest concentrations of these pollutants since the State of the Air report first reported them, according to the report.