95% of world's population breathing unhealthy air, says new report

Indian commuters make their way through heavy smog in Amritsar in November 2017

More than 95% of world's population breathe dangerous air, major study finds

The report evaluated the two types of air pollution that dominate in the United States.

"Far too many Americans are living with unhealthy air, placing their health and lives at risk".

"Near record-setting heat from our changing climate has resulted in risky levels of ozone in many cities across the country, making ozone an urgent health threat for millions of Americans", said Lung Association President and CEO Harold P. Wimmer.

The American Lung Association ranks US cities annually according to the number of days a metropolitan area is found to exceed federal standards for specific pollutants. The ALA uses data collected from the Air Quality Index and the EPA to rank counties and cities across the country. It also contracted with Allen Lefohn of A.S.L. & Associates to study certain ozone and particulate matter information.

The 2018 "State of the Air" report gave Raleigh a grade "B" for ozone pollution with just two unhealthy days previous year.

Out of the top ten most-polluted cities in the nation, eight are California cities, the report says.

Developing countries may definitely be a cause for concern with pollution-related deaths, but between 2010 and 2016 there was also an increase in USA deaths where decomposition was considered to be the cause.


According to this information, ozone-pollution has spiked dramatically over the years, posing a number of health and environmental risks. "Continued progress to cleaner air remains crucial to reduce the risk of premature death, asthma attacks and lung cancer". The metro region saw its best rankings for short-term and year-round particle, or soot, pollution with just over one unhealthy air day.

Scientists measure unhealthy air by the amount of "fine particulate matter" - dust or sooth particles 20-30 times smaller than the width of a human hair. These activities emit harmful gases, including methane, volatile organic compounds and other pollutants.

Additionally, Augusta tied for 43rd most polluted in the nation for year-round particle pollution.

You can take steps to protect yourself and your family. The metro area includes from northern DE to the Jersey Shore, 10 counties in all. Under President Obama, the EPA requested information from the industry about emissions from these existing sources.

According to the study, India and China account for more than half of global deaths from outdoor air pollution.

This year's report showed that ozone levels increased in most cities nationwide, in large part due to warmer temperatures in 2016, the second hottest year on record in the U.S. Over the past decades, The report states ozone pollution has decreased nationwide as coal-fired power plants and vehicle emissions have become more regulated. The cities on the list were Bellingham, Washington; Burlington-South Burlington, Vermont; Casper, Wyoming; Honolulu, Hawaii; Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, Florida; and Wilmington, North Carolina. "Congress and the EPA are tasked with protecting Americans-including protecting the right to breathe air that doesn't make people sick or die prematurely".

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