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Eastern Carolina cities ranked high for clean air

Eastern Carolina cities ranked high for clean air

The New York-Newark metro area remained the 10th worst in the nation for ozone, while the Philadelphia-Reading-Camden area was the 21st worst, three spots worse than last year's report.

"Massachusetts residents should be aware that we're breathing unhealthy air, driven by emissions from power plants and extreme heat as a result of climate change, placing our health and lives at risk", Elizabeth Hamlin-Berninger, American Lung Association director of advocacy in MA, said in a statement.

The American Lung Association has just released their yearly "State of the Air" report.

Eight city areas had recorded the highest number of days with unhealthy spikes in particle pollution since the American Lung Association started monitoring pollution this way: Fairbanks, Alaska; Missoula, Montana; Bismarck, North Dakota, Bend-Pineville, Oregon; Yakima and the Spokane-Spokane Valley-Coeur d'Alene area in Washington; and Salinas and Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, California.

Since 1970, the U.S. has made significant progress in limiting air pollution - but recent cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) threaten to halt decades of work against air pollution, according to the new American Lung Association report.

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"As climate change continues, cleaning up these pollutants will become ever more challenging". Under President Trump, the Environmental Protection Agency has softened emissions rules for the auto and coal industries, threatening to worsen pollution levels. California dominated the list of most-polluted cities.

And it can be damaging especially for people living with lung disease. But he said reports like State of the Air are often confusing to people who wonder why there are so many failing grades when air quality is actually getting better.

Wildfires are also a big source of air pollution and are becoming a bigger problem with climate change.

Balmes said the Valley is "particularly vulnerable" to start with, and is now threatened further by increased wildfire danger and warmer temperatures.

Bangor, Maine, and the Burlington-South Burlington area in Vermont were named by the association as two of the six cleanest-air cities in the country.


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