In a last week’s report from the American Lung Association called “The State of the Air 2015,” Houston actually ranks as one of the cleanest cities around the nation when it comes to short-term particle pollution. In addition, the number of days Houston spent in unhealthy ozone levels improved as well.
In fact, Houston spent about 69 days in high smog levels as compared to 116 days when compared to a couple of decades ago. The American Lung Association strongly advises that on these “high level” days, people limit their exposure to the outdoors. Children and anyone with respiratory issues should be especially careful.
Although Sandra Curphey, Executive Director of ALA, applauded Houston’s efforts and progress to create a cleaner environment she says, “…there’s still a lot of work to be done to make our air healthy for all of us to breathe.” Houston received an “A” grade for our short-term particle pollution, but even with smog improvement Houston received a “D” for the high levels of ozone.
Learn more at the American Lung Association’s Website