The latest State of the Air report from the American Lung Association has revealed that between 2015 and 2017, seven million more Americans lived in places with unsafe levels of air pollution as compared to between 2014-2016. And one of the culprits to be blamed is climate change.
The report found that the number of days of record-breaking levels of particulate matter pollution increased in many cities, as did the number of days of unhealthy ozone pollution, or smog, since its last report. In total, more than 141 million Americans live in counties that have recorded unhealthy levels of air pollution.
“The 20th annual ‘State of the Air’ report shows clear evidence of a disturbing trend in our air quality after years of making progress: In many areas of the United States, the air quality is worsening, at least in part because of wildfires and weather patterns fueled by climate change,” American Lung Association President and CEO Harold Wimmer said in an email.
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