Air pollution can be deadly and where you live can have an effect on your health, for better or for worse.
Clean air seems to be on everyone’s minds these days. In China- notorious for gray hazy skies and governments that avoid environmental concerns at all costs-factories are being closed temporarily by the hundreds. It’s marking what seems to be the dawn of the country’s largest crack down on industrial pollution in modern times.
Closer to home CNN reported last week that pollution in many forms was linked to around 9 million deaths worldwide in 2015, and a study in the New England Journal of Medicine has declared that thousands of Americans die each year as a direct result of bad air quality.
What can you do about it? Write to your local politician, take public transit and move. If the latter is on your horizons, check this out. Here are lists of the most polluted and cleanest places to live in the U.S, to help you stay the healthiest possible:
10 Most Polluted U.S Cities, according to the Washington Post:
1. Fresno-Madera, Calif.
2. Bakersfield, Calif.
3. Visalia-Porterville-Hanford, Calif.
4. Modesto-Merced, Calif.
5. Los Angeles-Long Beach, Calif.
6. San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland, Calif.
7. Salt Lake City-Provo-Orem, Utah
8. Logan, Utah-Idaho Metropolitan Statistical Area
9. Fairbanks, Alaska
10. Pittsburgh-New Castle-Weirton, Pa.-Ohio-W.Va.
6 Cleanest Metropolitan American Areas, according to the American Lung Association:
• Burlington-South Burlington, Vermont
• Cape Coral-Fort Myers-Naples, Florida
• Elmira-Corning, New York
• Honolulu, Hawaii
• Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, Florida
• Wilmington, North Carolina
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