Many people are facing a double whammy of air quality threats that will worsen with climate change:
- Warming will cause Cleveland to have 11 more days per summer that exceed EPA's air quality standards, and Columbus will see a 28 percent drop in the number of clean air days per summer.3
- Four cities rank among the 20 most soot-polluted in the country.4
- 72 counties have ragweed pollution and 28 counties have unhealthy smog levels; at least 25 counties suffer from both.5
- Asthma sickens an estimated 257,000 kids and 832,300 adults.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.