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Air Quality Concerns in 2013

Posted on December 27, 2013
by Susana Escamilla

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The year is ending and many social media sites are doing a collage and video recaps of 2013. This year, many individuals have been more aware of environmental issue and it has mainly been air quality issues. This past two months China’s air quality has been trending in every social media site and have been on the news. In Southern California, the air quality has also been news for a long time. However, we have come a long way and the air quality has been getting better and better every year. But how is air quality measured?

Air particulates less than 2.5 micrometers. PM 2.5 pose the largest health risks when inhaled because the air particulates are small enough to travel through your lungs and bloodstream. We have also talked about in previous blogs about the Air Quality Index. With all this information, clean air should be a priority for everyone. Other facts about the air quality in the United States, is according to the American Lung Association Report State of the Air 2012, 2% of people living in the United States live in an area with unhealthy year round levels of particle pollution and 16.2% Americans live in counties with too many unhealthy spikes in particle pollution levels. These are just a few of many facts that we have blogged about in previous blogs. Below is a documentary film about the air quality issues in Southern California. It’s a great informative film to watch and share.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1M894GH4q4

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