Healthy Air Blog Articles
What Do We Know About Long-Term Effects of Air Pollution on Health?
In 2014, Chris Lim, M.S. set out to understand long-term effects of climate change—specifically, temperature variability and air pollution—on health. At the time, short-term effects had been studied extensively, but not much was known about long-term exposure and adverse health outcomes. As a lung health dissertation fellow at New York University School of Medicine, Lim needed financial support for his doctoral dissertation on this topic.
Asthma and Climate Change: What You Need to Know
Everyone’s health is at risk from the impacts of climate change. Changing climate patterns are degrading air quality and increasing the frequency and intensity of certain types of extreme weather such as droughts, floods and wildfires. However, people living with lung disease face greater risks.
The Lung Association's 'State of the Air Report' at 20: A Look Back and Ahead
Former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan once stated "Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family." Twenty years ago, the American Lung Association initiated the "State of the Air" report, with the goal of providing the public and policy makers with information summarizing air quality in their cities and counties.
Wildfires Changing the State of Our Air
When you think of Montana, you probably think of wide-open spaces, high plains, big sky country and presumably fresh, clean air. But the American Lung Association’s 20th annual “State of the Air” report finds something unexpected—increasing air pollution in the ”Big Sky Country.” The culprit? Wildfires driven by climate change.
Reducing Air Pollution from Health Systems
"Where Does Air Pollution Come From?" is our theme for the month of March in our 2019 Year of Air Pollution & Health. To highlight both sources and solutions, we are featuring a series of blogs to highlight successful efforts to reduce pollution from major sources. For our third and final post, we teamed up with Year of Air Pollution & Health partner, Health Care Without Harm, to show how the healthcare industry can reduce its contribution to air pollution.
Reducing Air Pollution from Cars and Trucks: The Success of the Cleaner Car Standards
The American Lung Association’s Year of Air Pollution and Health seeks to raise awareness of the health impacts of air pollution, and to generate support for the solutions needed to provide healthy air for every American. This month’s theme is “Where does Air Pollution Come From?”
Reducing Air Pollution from Power Plants: The Success of the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards
“Where Does Air Pollution Come From?” That’s our theme for the month of March as part of the Year of Air Pollution & Health, and we are doing a series of blogs featuring success stories of reducing pollution from major sources.
Happy Lungs, Happy Valentine
You’ve cleaned the house, spritzed with perfume, lit candles, and built a roaring fire - you’re all set for a romantic Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart, right? Think again! You might be surprised to learn that all of the above - and lots more - can cause indoor air pollution in your home.
Are There Environmental or Health Factors that Can Cause Lung Cancer?
Lung cancer is caused when cells in the lung mutate or change. Researchers have spent decades trying to understand what causes these cells to mutate. Most lung cancers are caused when someone repeatedly breathes in toxic substances. However, for some people, the cause of their lung cancer is never known.
So Your Home Has High Radon Levels. Now What?
You’ve tested your home for radon as we keep urging you to, and, surprise! You discover your levels are dangerously high. Now what? First, relax: you’re not alone. One in 15 homes across the country tests positive for dangerous levels of radon, an invisible, odorless gas that causes lung cancer.