Thirteen of the 25 metropolitan areas with the worst year-round particle pollution levels earned a “best year yet” badge, including Indianapolis and Birmingham, AL.
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And in the American Lung Association’s State of the Air 2015 report, roughly four in 10 U. residents live in counties where the ozone or particle pollution has reached to unhealthy levels — news that may affect more than 138.5 million.
The new report measures both areas of high particle pollution and high ozone pollution.
Western areas, like San Francisco and Visalia in California, have seen a record number of days where those pollution levels were highest. Cities Most Polluted by Year-Round Particle Pollution (Annual PM )1.
In terms of ozone pollution, the West also saw jumps in the average number of high-pollution days — and overall, ozone improvement (or lack thereof) was mixed.