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California Home to 8 of 10 Most Air-Polluted US Cities

California Home to 8 of 10 Most Air-Polluted US Cities

Across the world, breathing in particulate matter in the air was responsible for about 41 lakh early deaths from heart disease and stroke, lung cancer, chronic lung diseases, and respiratory infections, the report said.

The report shows the Bay Area has the 13th worst ozone pollution in the nation, 10th worst by year-round particle pollution, and sixth worst by short-term particle pollution.

The Los Angeles/Long Beach area took the dubious distinction of being the nation's most ozone-polluted city as it has for almost the entire 19-year history of the report. However, Charleston, North Charleston and Florence experienced no unhealthy air days of ozone pollution and were ranked among the cleanest cities in ozone pollution. Wilmington was the only city in the state to be featured on the cleanest cities list for year-round particle pollution.

Ozone pollution in S.C.

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"The American Lung Association in Pennsylvania calls on our members of Congress to defend the Clean Air Act, now under threat from those who want to weaken this effective public health law", Stewart said.

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According to the report, air pollution is below the World Health Organization benchmark in Australia, Brunei, Canada, Estonia, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, New Zealand, Sweden, and several Pacific island nations while it is much higher than safe levels in Niger, Egypt, Cameroon, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar. While hundreds of different chemical compounds can be measured in air, governments typically measure only a small subset of gases and particles as indicators of the different types of air pollution and the different types of major sources contributing to the pollution.

Nearly 60 per cent of the world breathes air which is three-and-a-half times the "healthy limit" of pollution. Stratospheric ozone, which naturally shields the planet from the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays, is the good form.

China has made some progress in combating the problem, but Pakistan, Bangladesh and India have seen the highest spikes in air pollution levels since 2010.

Particle pollution, also known as soot, comes largely from diesel engines and wood-burning stoves and fireplaces. Several areas saw an increase in unhealthy days for ozone including in Wheeling, Charleston and Huntington.

The report also took into account those exposed to the burning of solid fuels in their homes, typically used for cooking or heating their home, resulting in indoor air pollution. "India and China - with 43% and 30% of their populations, respectively, using solid fuels -had the largest numbers of people exposed to household air pollution in 2016: 560 million in India and 416 million in China", the report reads.


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