Take a deep breath. Just breathe. Inhale and exhale. These are all things we’re instructed to do throughout our day. Why? Because a breath of fresh air is supposed to be good for us. But – it turns out – we might be misinformed.
According to a recent report, more than two out of every five people living in the United States are breathing in smog, air pollution, and the other unpleasantries that enter the environments of industrialized nations.
Many things play into this – the smokestacks steaming up the urban skylines, the truck in front of you that hasn’t passed an emissions test since the 1980s, the trains chugging up and down the rails. But global warming plays a role too.
In 2016, we experienced the second hottest year on record, leaving the ozone levels soaring. As temperatures rise, it becomes – quite literally – harder to breathe. This is especially true for those who are already sensitive to allergens. Asthmatics, for instance, are instructed to stay indoors when air quality is low. Venturing outside of ventilation sets them up for an attack.
Pollution across America
There are some areas in the nation more impacted than others – California cities have a prominent place on the “most polluted cities” list, with several Golden State regions known for their fun, their sun, and their burning of fossil fuels. They’re also the most populated state in the country, making pollution something that’s difficult to avoid.
Still, the news isn’t all bad – exhaust continues to fill the air, but the exhaust is “cleaner” than it’s been in the past. This amounts to fewer days filled with particle pollution.
The future of clean air
Air quality decreases as more cars hit the road and more gas, coal, and other resources are utilized. We’re aware of this and that’s why regulations exist to help curb the dangers. From the Clean Air Act to power plant limitations, from emission limits on oil and gas to emission limits on Hondas and Fords, legislation that protects the environment helps protect those living in that environment as well.
You don’t have to be prone to allergies to be impacted, either; poor air quality can impact anyone who breathes it. Even so, the allergic often have a more difficult time when pollution levels spike – the harm on their lungs leaves them lunging for their inhalers.
For anyone who wants to know about the quality of air where they live, Air Now can help. Type in your zip code to know whether you can breathe a bit easier.
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