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Report gives NC mixed grade for healthy air

Report gives NC mixed grade for healthy air

"Los Angeles also recorded more unhealthy air days in this report, measured in the weighted average, a change from past year when it reached its lowest level ever". The latest report covered the years 2014-16.

HEI's State of Global Air 2018, a special report on global exposure to air pollution, found that pollution was responsible for 6.1 million deaths in 2016, with outdoor air pollution being the largest contributor, accounting for 4.1 million deaths.

The American Lung Association released its annual State of the Air Report today, revealing what many communities have known for quite some time: air pollution from oil and gas operations is a growing concern.

Most of those affected live in low- and middle-income nations in Asia and Africa where they face air pollution both inside and outside their home. "There are reasons for optimism, though there is a long way to go", he says, noting that China and India are putting in place stricter regulations to limit pollution. "We must continue the life-saving work of cutting air pollution and slowing climate change".

The good news for the west is that two cities-Bellingham, Washington, and Casper, Wyoming-were among some of the cleanest cities, with zero high ozone or high particle pollution days, according to the report.

"The NCAP needs to have clear interim milestones for all the activities it is proposing such as city-wise action plans", it said.

"The Clean Air Act has saved lives and improved lung health for almost 50 years", American Lung Association National President and CEO Harold P. Wimmer said.

Children, older adults, and those with asthma are particularly impacted by ozone pollution.

As for cities, the Grand Rapids metro area tied for 34th most polluted in the nation. "Breathing these pollutants can cause asthma attacks, respiratory and cardiovascular harm, and even early death".

"With ozone it does vary a lot because of the relationship with the heat", said Nolen. Fresno was the fourth-most ozone-polluted.

Other factors may also boost Utah's vulnerability to accumulating ozone, according to James Martinez, vice president of communications for the American Lung Association.

Population-weighted seasonal average ozone concentrations in 2016. Similarly, the area's bowllike geography traps emissions of all kinds, making more ingredients available for ozone formation in summer.

Salt Lake, Davis, Weber, Utah, Uintah, Duchesne and Tooele all received an F grade for ozone pollution spikes. "It also causes lung cancer, which we don't have any indication yet that ozone would do that". Yet Siler said many Utahns fail to take steps to reduce their emissions - such as turning off the vehicle while waiting to pick up their kids.

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