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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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Most air polluted places in the country 

Air pollution has been a problem since the industrial revolution hit America in the 1800s. The BBC reports that more than 5.5 million people worldwide die prematurely each year due to air pollution, so this really is nothing to take lightly. According to … Continue reading

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Code orange issued for midstate air quality Friday, could cause breathing problems

Cold, snow-covered surfaces combined with a forecasted high pressure weather system could cause breathing problems for certain midstate residents on Friday. State environmental officials have called for a code orange air quality action day for south-central Pennsylvania counties, which means unhealthy … Continue reading

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Pittsburgh shows inhabitants what air pollution looks like

Concerned citizens in the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania have banded together to form the Breathe Project, which enables Internet users to view the polluted air for themselves on a webcam in the hopes they’ll be inspired to take action. Four … Continue reading

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Will Pennsylvania’s Proposed Anti-Smog Regs Actually Create New Pollution Hot Spots?

Some people claim that the Clean Air Act has its roots in Pennsylvania, where in 1948, a single smog event left 20 people dead and 6,000 others ill in the town of Donora. It was the worst air pollution disaster … Continue reading

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