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Climate Matters in the Newsroom
Jul 31, 2019
As summers heat up, the air we breathe is increasingly at risk of becoming unhealthy, despite decades of air quality improvements. This Climate Central reporting bulletin provides local data, charts and reporting suggestions to help you cover air quality and warming in your area.
Jul 31, 2019
Despite major air quality improvements since the Clean Air Act, pollutants like ground-level ozone can still reach unhealthy levels. Analysis of EPA data reveals an “ozone problem” in 54 of 244 cities analyzed, which threatens to get worse in the future with climate change.
Hotter summers often lead to more stagnant air—trapping air pollutants that can cause health problems. This release is the first of two on the links between heat and air quality; next week will focus on ground-level ozone.
Aug 17, 2016
66% of the U.S. is experiencing an increase of 5+ stagnant air days over the past 40 years.
Aug 20, 2014
Cities tend to be warmer than the surrounding countryside, a phenomenon known as an urban heat island (UHI).
Jul 7, 2013
Heat waves make air quality worse. Global warming means we will see more heat waves in the future, so we are likely to see more days with bad air quality.