Some Parts In USA Observe Lowest Air Quality In 25 Years: Report

by | Apr 25, 2024 | Environmental News, Pollution News

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A recent report by the American Lung Association has highlighted a concerning decline in air quality across the USA. As some parts of the USA observe the lowest air quality in 25 years, it’s concerning news.

USA observe lowest air quality in 25 years

The findings reveal that approximately 44 million Americans reside in cities or counties where air quality has significantly deteriorated. This has reportedly happened largely due to factors such as widespread wildfires.

The “State of the Air” report identified cities in the Western U.S., including Los Angeles, San Bernardino in California, and Phoenix, Arizona, as areas with the poorest air quality. The presence of these pollutants poses serious health risks to individuals, especially those considered vulnerable.

Katherine Pruitt, a senior director at the American Lung Association and the report’s author, emphasized the impact of dangerous pollution on public health. She underscored the critical need for intervention and awareness.

The decline in air quality is due to small particle pollution, or airborne soot, emanating from sources like wildfire smoke. The report, based on 2022 data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, highlighted the significant impact of wildfires across the U.S. and Canada on air quality during recent years.

In 2022 alone, wildfires consumed more than 7.5 million acres of land in the U.S. This contributes substantially to the rise in small particle pollution. Canada also experienced its worst fire season on record, with over 11.5 million acres affected.

The resultant smoke from these fires adversely affected air quality in numerous U.S. and Canadian cities. It has further posed health risks to residents.

Despite the concerning trends, Katherine Pruitt noted that overall air quality in the U.S. has vastly improved since the enactment of the Clean Air Act in 1970. Advances such as cleaner vehicles and fuels and the closure of highly polluting power plants have significantly contributed to this progress.

However, progress has plateaued in recent years, partly due to the impact of increasing wildfires and the resulting pollution. Pruitt emphasized the severe health consequences of small particle pollution. Those consequences include heart strain, heart attacks, strokes, lung cancer, and adverse birth outcomes.

As some parts of the USA observe lowest air quality in 25 years, it’s an alarming situation. The report underscores the urgent need for concerted efforts to mitigate air pollution. We need to combat the underlying causes, particularly the escalation of wildfires. By addressing these issues collectively, policymakers, environmental agencies, and communities can work towards a healthy atmosphere.

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  • Sarah Tancredi

    Sarah Tancredi is an experienced journalist and news reporter specializing in environmental and climate crisis issues. With a deep passion for the planet and a commitment to raising awareness about pressing environmental challenges, Sarah has dedicated her career to informing the public and promoting sustainable solutions. She strives to inspire individuals, communities, and policymakers to take action to safeguard our planet for future generations.

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