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Asian Air Pollution Affecting California

Posted on July 02, 2013
by Wendy Stackhouse

Bejing Sky

If you follow air pollution stories like we do, you already know that the air quality in China is terrible. In fact, it is often dangerous. Chinese authorities recently had to recalibrate their statistical measurements because levels of pollution were so much higher than their previous maximum.

We have been Tweeting links about Chinese air quality and retweeting stories about it for months because we find levels like this so astounding, but the Financial Times recently released a video documenting the fact that Chinese air pollutants are actually making it all the way to California and affecting our air quality. Covering Chinese air pollution is no longer just an intellectual exercise, now it is a local issue:

When outdoor air pollution gets bad, indoor air pollution worsens as well. And indoor air can actually be more polluted than the air outside if particles and volatile organic compounds cannot escape today’s well-sealed homes. Be sure to keep your ventilation systems clean and on a maintenance schedule. Open windows when you can. Replace air conditioner filters often. And keep your ducts clean!

Wendy Stackhouse is the Social Media Manager for AirTek. We publish our blog on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If you see a story we might be interested in, please let us know in the comments or on social media and we will follow any leads you give us! Follow us on Twitter for links and information about air quality issues! For updates on indoor air challenges, Like us at AirTek on Facebook!

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