The latest report released by the National Parks Conservation Association paints a pretty grim picture when it comes to the US national parks’ air pollution woes. The report states that 96% of America’s national parks are facing ‘significant’ air pollution problems, which is alarming, to say the least.
The report looked at damage from air pollution at 417 national parks based on harm to nature, hazy skies, unhealthy air and climate change. Additional findings reveal that:
- Eighty-five percent of national parks have air that is unhealthy to breathe at times;
- Eighty-nine percent of parks suffer from haze pollution;
- Soils and waters in 88 percent of parks are affected by air pollution which in turn impacts sensitive species and habitat;
- And climate change is a significant concern for 80 percent of national parks, though all parks are affected to some level.
“The poor air quality in our national parks is both disturbing and unacceptable. Nearly every single one of our more than 400 national parks is plagued by air pollution. If we don’t take immediate action to combat this, the results will be devastating and irreversible,” said Theresa Pierno, President and CEO of NPCA.