On Apri 21st the American Lung Association released “State of the Air”, a report covering the 2016-2018 research on the ozone quality.
According to the report, Los Angeles remains the city with the worst ozone pollution in the nation in the last 20 years. Bakersfield, California is named the most polluted city for year-round particle pollution, and the Californian city of Fresno-Madera-Hanford leads in the worst short-term particle pollution.
Bangor, ME, Burlington-South Burlington, VT, Urban Honolulu, HI, and Wilmington, NC were named the cleanest cities of the U.S., with zero-high ozone or high particle pollution days.
Still, more than 41.9 percent of people in the country live in areas with bad air quality.
The 161 pages of the report list statistics for the spikes in pollution and dives into the causes — and climate change seems to be the main one. The American Lung Association urged the U.S. Congress to take action by leaving the Clean Air Act and the Climate Change Health Protection and Promotion Act fully in place.