Healthy Air Blog Articles
'State of the Air': Most Polluted Cities, Then and Now
For 19 years, the American Lung Association's "State of the Air" report has tracked air quality across America, chronicling our nation's progress in making our air cleaner and healthier. Over the years, the report has celebrated the reduction of harmful air pollution to the Clean Air Act.
Earth Day Checklist: 5 Ways You Can Help the Planet and Lung Health by Reducing Air Pollution
Clean, healthy air is essential to protecting public health and the environment. Air pollution can trigger asthma attacks, send people to the hospital, shape how kids' lungs develop and can even be deadly. Thanks to safeguards put in place under the Clean Air Act over the last 49 years, our country has made progress in cleaning up and limiting harmful air pollution. But there’s still much work to do before everyone has healthy air to breathe.
In Case You Missed It: EPA Proposes to Revoke Limit Oil & Gas Pollution Protections
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed to revoke clean air protections that limit oil and gas pollution. As they continue to move forward with rollbacks that have damaging consequences for the health of all Americans, it raises the question, what exactly is the EPA protecting?
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.