80% Californians Affected by Unhealthy Levels of Air Pollution: Report

80% Californians Affected by Unhealthy Levels of Air Pollution: Report

Most of California residents have no option but to inhale dirty air, reveals an alarming annual report released by the American Lung Association. About 80% Californians are currently living in places affected by unhealthy levels of air pollution.

California’s Bakersfield is at the top of the list due to the most number of unhealthy days it has witnessed, says the State of the Air 2016 report. In the country, Los Angeles once again tops the chart of harmful ozone pollution from car tailpipes emitting smoke.

Air pollution is a worldwide problem which kills many people every year and leads to many chronic health issues. It can lead to health problems like heart attacks, asthma attacks and in some cases lung cancer. It also may lead to premature death, as per experts.

“California is making tremendous progress. But we have a lot more work to do”, announced Bonnie Holmes-Gen, senior director of air quality and climate change at the American Lung Association in California.

The report collected data from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for three years and found that 80 out of 100 California residents are living in places that experience unhealthy levels of ozone or particle pollution for few days, every year.

Salinas was the only municipality in the state that didn’t have any unhealthy air quality days, states the association. Others counties in the list with such results are: Elmira, New York; Burlington, Vermont; and Honolulu, Hawaii. As per the association, Salinas was helped by coastal breeze.

On the other side, Los Angeles was one more time tagged as the city with the worst ozone pollution. The report also reveals that Los Angeles is nation's second-largest city that achieved its best overall air quality score of all the three years.