The “State of the Air 2017” shows that more than four in 10 people had unhealthy air quality in their communities. The top 5 California locations are:
Bakersfield, Merced Calif. Population: 874,589
Visalia-Porterville-Hanford, Calif. Population: 608,467
Fresno-Madera, Calif. Population: 63,600
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Riverside – etc Calif. Population: 18,550,288
El Centro, Brawley Calif. Population: 67,551
It is an accepted fact that the progress of the past has changed the composition of the air we breathe today on a global scale. In parts of the world it is more intense with deadly results. This accepted change of air quality is accelerated by global warming, and enhanced locally by the drying of California’s 370 square mile Salton Sea.
Prudent awareness and action is required
An extensive body of scientific evidence shows that long- and short-term exposures to fine particle pollution, also known as fine particulate matter (PM), can cause premature death and harmful effects on the cardiovascular system, including increased hospital admissions and emergency department visits for heart attacks and strokes. Scientific evidence also links PM to harmful respiratory & cardiovascular effects, including asthma attacks, emphysema & cancer.
Despite dramatic progress cleaning the air since 1970, air pollution in the United States and worldwide continues to harm people’s health and the environment. Under the Clean Air Act, EPA continues to work with state, local and tribal governments, other federal agencies, and stakeholders to reduce air pollution and the damage that it causes.
What can we do to protect ourselves and make a case for action in our affected communities?
Introducing the SOS! Air quality action kit.
The kit has a portable pollution detector to tell you what is in the air around you and two filter masks that will give you and your loved one time to seek better air.
This SOS! Air quality action kit is yours as a gift for a donation of $150.00 or more.
Once you have this kit we invite you to sign up on our SOS! Air quality program so that you can track your numbers and we can use your data to support air quality improvement efforts. We recommend taking photos of the screen at times of unhealthy air quality to send to representatives, your local Air Quality Management District, State Air Board & online posting.