The American Lung Association has released its annual State of the Air report, which details the levels of air quality in cities by examining ozone and particle pollution across the nation.
As you might have guessed, things aren’t great. Nearly half
of Americans live in areas with dangerous levels of air pollution. And
in California, nearly 3 out of 4 residents live in polluted cities.
Still, the report says, thanks to the Clean Air Act the overall air
quality is much better than it was a decade ago.
As of this year, here are the top 10 cities with the worst ozone pollution:
Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA
Houston-The Woodlands, TX
Dallas-Fort Worth, TX-OK
Las Vegas-Henderson, NV-AZ
There were four cities, however, that stood out as the cleanest. That
means they had no days in the unhealthy level for ozone or short-term
particle pollution and were on the list of the cleanest cities for
year-round particle pollution. Those cities were Bangor, ME, Bismarck,
ND, Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL, and Salinas, CA.
So if you want to breathe easy, now you know where you should (and probably shouldn’t) move.
in the Bay Area we have Spare the Air days and they fine you for stuff like wood burning...not sure if it's been adopted in other places or if it really makes a huge difference but you feel like you're part of a bigger thing when you participate. you're just being kinder to the Earth those days.
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