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Nearly 40% of people in the US live with unhealthy air pollution, report says

The number of people living with levels of air pollution that can significantly affect their heal...

Nearly 40% of people in the US live with unhealthy air pollution, report says

The number of people living with levels of air pollution that can significantly affect their health climbed from about 119 million in last year’s data to 131 million in the current data, according to the “State of the Air” report released Wednesday.

The air pollution produced by wildfire smoke is getting worse every year,
Climate change is contributing to that situation, and those wildfires are a very serious threat to our health
Our cars are cleaner. Our fuels are cleaner

The amount of oil and gas extraction that happens in the West has increased, which produces a lot of emissions,” she said. “And they are suffering, first, from the impacts of climate change and wildfire. So a lot of that geographic shift you’re seeing, particularly with particle pollution, is related to wildfire smoke.

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CEO - Papadopoulos Pantelie
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Marilena Koulouri

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Researchers from the American Lung Association analyzed EPA data on air quality throughout the United States. They examined hourly ozone concentrations on average and the daily average of particle pollution from 2020 to 2022. The researchers used the EPA’s updated national air quality standard for year-round levels of fine particle pollution

Often hard to see, particulate matter or particle pollution is a mix of solid and liquid droplets that may come in the form of dirt, dust, soot or smoke. Coal- and natural gas-fired power plants create it, as do cars, agriculture, unpaved roads, construction sites and wildfires. Particle pollution is so tiny – 1/20th of a width of a human hair – that it can travel past your body’s usual defenses. Particle pollution is associated with an increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease and lung cancer.

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