Each Breath Blog
Breathing is essential to life, and through this blog, we hope to illustrate the importance of lung health. Hear directly from experts, researchers, staff and volunteers about our ongoing fight for healthy lungs and healthy air.
Can Running Outside Be Bad for You?
Recent studies suggest that poor air quality may negatively affect outdoor workouts and even cause long-term damage to health.
Preparing for a Natural Disaster When You Are Living with Lung Disease
Wildfires, hurricanes, floods, ice storms and emergencies such as power outages can affect your breathing and negatively impact your health. While you cannot prevent a natural disaster, you can plan for it.
Understanding the Climatarian Diet: How What You Eat Affects Climate Change
Our Climate Activist Advisor Lana Weidgenant spoke with us about her passion for promoting a more plant-based diet as one way to address the climate crisis and build a healthier future.
Preparing for Wildfire Season
Dr. John Balmes, a California air pollution researcher for more than three decades, is worried about this year’s wildfire season.
Pittsburgh’s Air Quality
The American Lung Association’s “State of the Air” report found that Allegheny County, Pennsylvania—the home of Pittsburgh—was one of only 13 counties in the U.S. to earn failing grades for exposure to fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and ozone.
‘State of the Air’ Highlights Need for Environmental Justice
The American Lung Association’s annual “State of the Air” report, released on April 21, found that more than 4 in 10 people (135 million) in the U.S. live with polluted air, placing their health and lives at risk.
Wildfires and Climate Change: Protecting Your Indoor Air Quality with a Clean Room
Every year, millions of acres of land are consumed by fire in the United States. According to the National Interagency Fire Center, in 2020 there were over 57,000 wildfires in the U.S. that resulted in over 10.3 million acres burned.
2020: The Year We Lost Our Breath
Amid the sadness and loss brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, one silver lining of 2020 was supposed to be the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Clean Air Act.
The Air Down There: A Miner’s Story on Developing Black Lung
For 37 years I mined coal to keep the lights on for everyone above ground. Back then, you never heard much about black lung or that you were working in an environment that could make you sick for the rest of your life.
The Carcinogen Hidden in Your Home
As we are moving office furniture and gym equipment into our homes, we need to talk about the hidden carcinogen that may be lurking: radon.