Healthy Air Blog Articles
Getting Clean Air to Help Communities Devastated by Wildfire
At 2 a.m. on the morning of October 9, I was awakened by a text message from my daughter with the frightening words, "We're evacuating." It would be a day of panic, disbelief and heartbreak as fires tore through Santa Rosa and other communities just north of San Francisco.
What You Need to Know About Your Wood-Burning Stove and Heater
Thinking of curling up with a mug of hot cocoa and a good book in front of a roaring fire? Indoor wood-burning stoves and heaters may have a quaint and traditional feel, but they produce harmful toxins that can damage your lungs and air quality indoors and outdoors.
A Homeowner’s Guide: Steps to Test & Reduce Your Exposure to Radon
When it comes to owning a home, there are a litany of “honey do’s” but there is one item on the list you should not miss: a radon test. If you aren’t familiar with radon, here’s the scoop.
Spotlight on Success: How Knoxville Dramatically Reduced Ozone Smog and Became a Cleaner, Healthier City
When the American Lung Association's Annual "State of the Air" report first landed in the news in 2000, the media interest around the report exploded in Knoxville, Tennessee, which the report ranked as the 12th most ozone-polluted city in the U.S.
How to Prepare Lung-Friendly Holiday Gatherings
It’s that time of year again—holiday party season is in full swing. Chestnuts are roasting, marshmallows are toasting, and we’re here to help you celebrate the most wonderful time of the year without the added worry of your lung health.
The Clean Power Plan: 3 Things You Need to Know
On October 10, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan, the first-ever limits on carbon pollution from power plants that will improve health and save lives. Repealing this critical plan would be a step backwards in America’s fight for healthy air.
You Don’t Have to Wheeze at Work
Nearly 156 million Americans have the same thing in common, going to work. Since working adults spend more than half of their lives at work, the workplace becomes like a second home. Unlike at home, you may have less control at work over your exposure to certain irritants and allergens.
Highway Air Pollution and Your Health: Six Things You Need To Know
Labor Day weekend is a prime time for vacations, which means many people will be traveling by car in the coming days. While everyone loves a good road trip, pollution near highways can have serious health impacts, both immediately and in the long term.
How Climate Change Has Led to an Increase in Valley Fever
Cases of valley fever have gone up 400 percent from 1998-2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Why the increase? New research has spotlighted one possible explanation – increased dust storms due to climate change.
Climate Change and Air Quality: How Worsening Wildfires and Heat Waves Affect Lung Health, and What to Do About It
From the more than 20 wildfires currently scorching the western United States to more intense and frequent heat waves, the fingerprint of our changing climate is visible today. And these changes can have dangerous consequences for American families, now and for generations to come.