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Smog and pollen: Double-whammy for 127 million Americans

About 40% Americans live in counties where a “double whammy” of unhealthy levels of smog and ragweed pollen — both tied to climate change — combine to threaten respiratory health, a Natural Resources Defense Council report released Tuesday finds. “Today, 127 million Americans live … Continue reading

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Tighter air pollution standards may save thousands of lives, greatly improve public health: New report includes online tool with searchable information on health risks

Reducing outdoor concentrations of two air pollutants, ozone (O3) and fine particulate matter (PM2.5), to levels below those set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would likely save thousands of lives each year, result in far fewer serious illnesses and … Continue reading

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Cleveland ranks among nation’s worst metro areas for air pollution-related deaths, illnesses 

The Cleveland area leads the state in the number of deaths and serious health problems caused by air pollution, and ranks ninth worst in the country, according to a new report released today. The Health of the Air report, compiled … Continue reading

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Smog Alert program changes name to Air Quality Advisory

The Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency in partnership with OKI Regional Council of Governments changed the name of the Smog Alert program to Air Quality Advisory. An Air Quality Advisory is a public message that is issued the day before … Continue reading

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US Supreme Court air pollution ruling will save lives

Citizens of the US, breathe easier. The Supreme Court has ruled that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can regulate air pollution that drifts across state lines. The ruling means about 1000 power plants will be forced to reduce their … Continue reading

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Ky., Tenn. among worst toxic pollution states

Kentucky is the worst state in the nation when it comes to toxic air pollution from coal-fired power plants, according to a report released Thursday by the Natural Resources Defense Council. The analysis examined emissions from power plants in 2010, … Continue reading

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Ohio Air alert issued for Sunday

Central Ohioans with respiratory problems and some other health conditions should take it easy outdoors Sunday. The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission has issued an air-quality alert, warning that stagnant, polluted air could worsen the symptoms of people with heart disease, … Continue reading

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Pollen count unusually high for this time of year

While many are enjoying the record high temperatures, the unnaturally warm weather also is bringing higher counts of pollen into the air, sending allergy and asthma sufferers into an early, congested misery. Friday’s pollen count for southwest Ohio — an … Continue reading

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