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Los Angeles The Most Polluted City In Nation Again

Countries including India are among those with the highest risk of harm to citizens from air pollution Countries including India are among those with the highest risk of harm to citizens from air pollution
Lillian Steele | 19 April, 2018, 02:05

The association obtained the data on air quality from the EPA's Air Quality System, formerly called the Aerometric Information Retrieval System database. These include modernization of brick kilns, controlling black-smoke-emitting motor vehicles, and creating mass awareness to remove man-made causes of air pollution.

A US-study has estimated that India and China together account for more than half of global deaths due to air pollution. It also contracted with Allen Lefohn of A.S.L. & Associates to study certain ozone and particulate matter information.

In a tire with the Houston, Texas and Birmingham, Alabama metro area, the Harrisburg-metro comes in at #15 on the list for cities most polluted by year round particles and ranks #22 on the short-term particle pollution list.

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

These results hint at the potentially pernicious effects of efforts by the Trump administration to undermine the Clean Air Act, Nolen said.

Knoxville experienced 3 unhealthy days of high ozone in this year's report and has experienced 5 or less since 2013, a massive decrease from the late 90s and early 2000s when the area experienced 75 to over 100 high ozone days a year. Claims made by reports states that the number of deaths caused by Air pollution is higher than the number of deaths caused by Alcohol. And Utah tends to have large populations of children, Siler said, and residents who like to recreate outdoors - increasing risks associated with high ozone levels. And Modesto-Merced had its lowest level of unhealthy ozone days. But ozone remains a relatively new issue to the Wasatch Front, which has more commonly struggled with wintertime particulate pollution.

He, however, said various steps were taken to reduce indoor air pollution as 20 lakh improved cook stoves have already been distributed among users.

The report "adds to the evidence that a changing climate is making it harder to protect human health", it said, adding that with record-setting heat in 2016, high ozone days zoomed, putting millions more people at risk and adding challenges to the work cities are doing across the nation to clean up.

The nation's cleanest cities are Bellingham, Wash.; Burlington, Vt.; Casper, Wyo.; Honolulu; Melbourne, Fla.; and Wilmington, N.C. Each year the agency reviews smog data for counties across the US and determines which counties might be in violation of the nation's clean air laws. Nassau County was not assessed because there are no air quality monitors within its borders.

"As climate change continues, cleaning up these pollutants will become ever more challenging", the report said.

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