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LA ranks No. 1 in ozone pollution, new report finds

By Jaysha Patel

1 in ozone pollution, new report finds. The report conducted by the American Lung Association found that the greater Los Angeles area had the worst ozone pollution out of more than 200 areas


American Lung Association’s “State of the Air” reports on Maine’s air quality

By WABI News Desk

This year’s “State of the Air” report, released by the American Lung Association, finds Maine still has some of the cleanest air in the country. However, some areas saw mixed progress for some of the most harmful and widespread types of air pollution. Cumberland, Hancock, Knox, and Washington counties all saw improved grades for ozone, while Aroostook saw a worse grade for short-term particle pollution.


Chicago gets failing grade for ozone air pollution from American Lung Association

By Stacey Baca

A new report from the American Lung Association gives the Chicago area a failing grade when it comes to some types of air pollution. Officials from the organization said the city ranks in their top 25 most polluted cities.


American Lung Association: NYC’s air quality is improving, but still gets a failing grade

By Rosemary Misdary Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

More than 22.5 million people are breathing bad air across New York City, Newark and its surrounding areas – and just over half are people of color. These conclusions come from the 23rd annual State of the Air report released Thursday morning by the American Lung Association. It assesses human exposure to known hazardous pollutants such as ozone and particulate matter by analyzing nationwide data initially collected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 2018 to 2020.


137 million in US live with unhealthy levels of air pollution: American Lung Association

By Sharon Udasin Photo: Getty Images

More than 40 percent of the U.S. population — or 137 million people — are living in areas with unhealthy levels of particle pollution or ozone, according to the American Lung Association’s newest “State of the Air” report card.


More than 137 million Americans live in areas with poor air quality, report finds

By Dustin Jones Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Despite decades of environmental efforts, over 40% of Americans — more than 137 million people — live in cities and states with poor air quality, a new report says. And, in addition to cars and factories, wildfires are increasingly contributing to unhealthy air.


Microplastic particles are found deep in human lungs

By Katherine Martinko Photo: MAXSHOT / Getty Images

Microplastic particles have been discovered in the lungs of live human patients. A team of researchers from Hull York Medical School and the University of Hull in the United Kingdom has published a study in the journal Science of the Total Environment that reveals 39 microplastics found in 11 of 13 samples tested.1 This was much higher than the researchers had expected to find, based on previous lab tests.


A ‘New Era of Air Pollution’ in the Tropics Could Have a Huge Toll

By Maggie Astor Photo: Munir Uz Zaman , Getty Images

Urban air pollution in the tropics is rapidly increasing and will lead to hundreds of thousands of preventable deaths if stronger regulations are not put in place, according to a new study.


‘Superblooms of fungus’: Climate change is making valley fever worse

By Hayley Smith Photo: Jason Armond , Los Angeles Times

It was June 2020, and Shirley, a winemaker in Paso Robles, Calif., knew something was terribly wrong. He was going about his daily business when he doubled over with severe abdominal pain and a 103-degree fever. A doctor in the emergency room told him his left lung had collapsed.


Increasing the use of electric cars could improve health outcomes

Replacing gas-powered vehicles with electric vehicles in cities could significantly reduce air pollution–related death and illness, according to John Spengler of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.