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Air Pollution Kills 10 Million People a Year.

For every thousand people alive on earth, 973 are regularly inhaling toxins. Only 27 are not. Which means, almost certainly, you are too.

Last fall, the World Health Organization lowered its global air quality standard from 10 micrograms of particulate matter per cubic meter to five. Those terms and standards can feel abstract, which makes their meaning a bit hard to fathom.  Read more . . .

 

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PA DEP declares Air Quality Action Day for Saturday, June 25

A(n) Air Quality Action Day has been declared for Susquehanna Valley Area, PA, on Saturday, Jun 25
 
Tomorrow’s Forecast
Saturday, Jun 25:101 AQIUnhealthy for Sensitive GroupsOzone
 60 AQIModerateParticle Pollution (2.5 microns)
Extended Forecast
Sunday, Jun 26:77 AQIModerateOzone
 52 AQIModerateParticle Pollution (2.5 microns)
Monday, Jun 27:46 AQIGoodOzone
 40 AQIGoodParticle Pollution (2.5 microns)
Tuesday, Jun 28:46 AQIGoodOzone
 38 AQIGoodParticle Pollution (2.5 microns)

Current Conditions: Clouds are beginning to break up some this Friday afternoon as high pressure starts to build in from the west. Both fine particle pollution (PM2.5) and ozone are down inside the good range. *** Saturday’s forecast: An Air Quality Action Day is in effect for Saturday! Mostly sunny skies and temperatures edging to around 90 degrees will permit rapid ozone development with some additional transport involved from the west. Maximum 8-hour concentrations of ozone will thus reach into the code ORANGE range during the afternoon. PM2.5 averages will be in the moderate range. 
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Next CAB meeting – Aug. 19, 7 pm

Our next Clean Air Board meeting will be on Aug. 19, at 7 pm via Zoom. Contact cleanairboard@gmail.com for a link. Stay safe!

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Air Quality Action Day has been declared for Susquehanna Valley, PA, on Sunday, Jun 6
 
Tomorrow’s Forecast
Sunday, Jun 6:110 AQIUnhealthy for Sensitive GroupsOzone
 56 AQIModerateParticle Pollution (2.5 microns)

*** Sunday’s forecast: Conditions will be favorable for ozone concentrations on Sunday to climb into the code ORANGE range. Light southwesterly flow around a strong area of high pressure combined with sunny skies will allow for the rise in concentrations. Fine particulate will also go into the lower moderate range as well.

Residents and businesses within the ozone Air Quality Action Day area are strongly encouraged to voluntarily help reduce air pollution by:

• Conserving electricity by setting air conditioning to a higher temperature;
• Combining errands to reduce vehicle trips;
• Limiting engine idling; and
• Refueling cars and trucks after dusk.

This forecast is brought to you by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP).

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DEP declares Air Quality Action Day for Thursday, May 20

Forecast
Thursday, May 20:101 AQIUnhealthy for Sensitive GroupsOzone
 53 AQIModerateParticle Pollution (2.5 microns)
**An Air Quality Action Day is in effect for ozone Thursday** Current conditions: A strong ridge of high pressure, both at the surface and aloft, is creating very warm conditions this Wednesday afternoon, and ozone formation has been robust in parts of the area. *** Thursday’s forecast: Elevated ozone is likely to continue into the day Thursday, with maximum 8 hour concentrations moving into the code ORANGE range with light winds and temperatures well into the 80s F. Fine particulate will also move into low moderate territory, with the highest levels most likely coming during the morning hours. ***
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Air Pollution and Coronavirus Death Rates

The New York Times, April 7, 2020 by Lisa Friedman

WASHINGTON — Coronavirus patients in areas that had high levels of air pollution before the pandemic are more likely to die from the infection than patients in cleaner parts of the country, according to a new nationwide study that offers the first clear link between long-term exposure to pollution and Covid-19 death rates.

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NY Times: Now Is the Time to Take Care of Your Lungs. If you are one of the millions of Americans breathing polluted air, you may be at a greater risk of catching the coronavirus and of having a more severe infection.