Report gives NC mixed grade for healthy air

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"The American Lung Association in Pennsylvania calls on our members of Congress to defend the Clean Air Act, now under threat from those who want to weaken this effective public health law", Stewart said.

The Health Effects Institute is an independent, non-profit research institute funded jointly by the US Environmental Protection Agency, industry, foundations, and development banks to provide credible, high-quality science on air pollution and health for air quality decisions.

"Particle pollution not only has the premature death health (effects) that we've mentioned with ozone", said Nolen, "it also definitively can cause cardio vascular harm including things like heart attacks and strokes".

"Unfortunately, some in Congress seek changes to the Clean Air Act that would dismantle key provisions of the law and threaten the progress made over almost five decades", the authors of the report, released Wednesday, explained.

Most live in low- and middle-income countries in Asia and Africa, and face a double burden: exposure to both indoor and outdoor air pollution. "The Lung Association in Vermont calls on our members of Congress to defend the Clean Air Act, now under threat from those who want to weaken this effective public health law".

"This year's report provides continued evidence that the United States must continue to fight climate change and to support and enforce the Clean Air Act to protect the nation from unhealthy air", it said.

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While a hot 2016 year caused serious ozone problems for the region, something NY got "A" grades for was short-term and year-round particle pollution maintenance.

Knoxville-Morristown-Sevierville was ranked 22nd worse out of 187 metropolitan areas for annual particle pollution and 34th out of 201 metropolitan areas in 24-hour particle pollution.

But while most Utahns are familiar with how these dynamics cause particulate pollution to accumulate in winter inversions, Siler said ozone doesn't seem to be on most residents' radar. Ozone levels increased in most cities nationwide, in large part because of warmer temperatures. In fact, Augusta tied for 122nd most ozone polluted city in the nation.

Allegheny County, which has a population of about 1.2 million, had an estimated 20,388 children under age 18 diagnosed with asthma in 2016, 105,401 adults with asthma in 2016, and 789 new cases of lung cancer diagnosed in 2014, the report found.

Many people breathe unsafe air in their very homes as they use coal and wood as fuel. "Ozone can even shorten life itself".

As with the rest of the country, ozone levels in the state increased significantly - with much of that due to 2016 going down as the second hottest year on record, the report notes.

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