SC air quality worsens, new report says

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

"Vermont's air quality is something we are proud of, but can not take for granted", Rebecca Ryan, Senior Director, Health Education and Public Policy for the Lung Association in Vermont said. The ALA uses data collected from the Air Quality Index and the EPA to rank counties and cities across the country. "In order for DE to get an "A" in ozone will require a major effort across the whole country because DE is downwind from a lot of sources that are outside of the state's boundaries".

A US-study has estimated that India and China together account for more than half of global deaths due to air pollution.

The report shows the Bay Area has the 13th worst ozone pollution in the nation, 10th worst by year-round particle pollution, and sixth worst by short-term particle pollution. "The Lung Association in SC 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".

The ALA places Ravalli, Lincoln, Lewis and Clark and Missoula on its national list of top 25 counties most polluted by short term pollution.

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The Lung Association says particle pollution can increase the risk of lung cancer, asthma attacks, and cardiovascular damage.

A whopping 95% of the world is breathing unhealthy air, with the poorest countries being the most affected, a new report has found.

Developing countries may definitely be a cause for concern with pollution-related deaths, but between 2010 and 2016 there was also an increase in US deaths where decomposition was considered to be the cause. "Residential biomass burning was responsible for 267,700 deaths or almost 25% of the deaths attributable to PM2.5, making it the most important single anthropogenic source related to mortality in 2015". Several areas saw an increase in unhealthy days for ozone including in Wheeling, Charleston and Huntington. But it says India needs to take aggressive action on reducing emissions from household biomass combustion, coal burning and dust pollution. Just a few years ago in the rural town of Pinedale, Wyoming, excessive pollution from oil and gas facilities at times created smog rivaling that of Los Angeles - which routinely tops the charts as one of the nation's most polluted cities.

The nation's cleanest cities are Bellingham, Wash.; Burlington, Vt.; Casper, Wyo.; Honolulu; Melbourne, Fla.; and Wilmington, N.C. "Administrator Pruitt has also signaled that the agency will restrict the research it will allow scientists to even consider, proposing to eliminate major scientific research that supports strong, clean air safeguards". As a result, local air pollution has stabilized and the economy and communities have continued to thrive.

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