Many people are facing a double whammy of air quality threats that will worsen with climate change:
- More than 90% of the population already lives in areas that violate state air quality standards.3
- 9 counties have ragweed and 31 counties have unhealthy smog levels; Los Angeles, Nevada, Butte, and Placer counties suffer from both.4
- Asthma sickens an estimated 881,500 kids and 2,294,800 adults per year.5
- Smoke pollution from wildfires make "bad air days" worse, and the number of fires is expected to increase as much as 55% by late-century.6
Protect your family from air pollution:
- Check news reports on the radio, TV, or online for pollen reports or daily air quality conditions. Or visit EPA's Air Now for air quality info and avoid outdoor activity on bad air days particularly for people with asthma or other respiratory diseases.
- After spending time outdoors, wash off pollen that may have collected on your face, skin, or hair.