Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Smogwatch '05: standard breached nearly 1000 times in July, in 36 states

July 2005 was truly breathtaking when it comes to smog. Our informal survey found that the national health standard was breached nearly 1,000 times during the month (compared to about 600 a year ago) in 36 states, including such normally "clean" states as Oregon, Minnesota, Iowa and Florida.

Yes, hot weather is a factor, of course. (Similarly, the totals in 2004 were low because the weather was unusually cool and rainy.) But these are sobering statistics. We can hardly rely on rain to bail us out of our smog problems -- especially since the climate is heating up because of human activities.

Here is the list of states that experienced unhealthful levels of smog during July 2005:

Alabama
Arkansas
Arizona
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Missouri
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Virginia
Wisconsin

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