Curious to see if your city is one of the most air polluted in the U.S.? The American Lung Association has the 411. Click here to see their list of the top 25 worst offenders by ozone, year-round particle pollution and short-term particle pollution. Plus check out your specific location by zip code.
Natural Awakenings reported in their September 2019 issue that air pollution in general worsened markedly across the U.S. between 2015 and 2017, probably due to rising temperatures, according to the American Lung Association’s State of the Air 2019 report.
Based on federal, state and local data, it found that that many cities nationwide increased the number of days when particle pollution, often called “soot”, soared to record-breaking levels. More cities suffered from higher numbers of days when ground-level ozone, also known as “smog”, reached unhealthy levels. The report’s three-year span covered the hottest years on record globally, and as the report noted, the data “adds to the evidence that a changing climate is making it harder to protect human health.”
Moreover Natural Awakenings reported that toxic air is killing more people in Europe than tobacco smoking, according to new research published in the European Heart Journal. The number of early deaths caused by air pollution is double previous estimates and the lives of 800,000 people worldwide are cut short by an average of more than two years, the scientists calculated. Although air pollution enters through the lungs, its impact via the bloodstream on heart disease and strokes is responsible for twice as many deaths as respiratory diseases. Penny Woods, chief executive of the British Lung Foundation, says, “Toxic air doesn’t just cut lives short. It also seriously affects the health and quality of life of millions of people.”
Indoor Air Quality
Have you given thought to not only your city’s air quality but your home’s Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) too? It can play a factor in your family’s overall health.
Did you know anyone who has had a mold remediation should consider mycotoxin testing since a typical mold remediation does not always guarantee mycotoxin removal?
Mycotoxins are poisonous chemical compounds, which fungi (mold) produce as a byproduct. As the name implies, mycotoxins are toxins. Their molecules are lightweight easily floats throughout a structure and are freely breathed in and absorbed through skin of occupants. Mycotoxins are capable of causing multiple negative health symptoms.
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