Utah Has A Problem With Clean Air


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This infographic goes over the issues that Utah has with its air quality. By visually breaking it down, I think it is easier to see where the pressure points are and this really does help bring to light an important subject, at least in the state of Utah.

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Utah Has A Problem With Clean Air

  1. 1. HOW DOES DIRTY AIR AFFECT ME? HOW CAN YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE? Most children along the Wasatch Front will never develop their full lung capacity due to childhood exposure to chronic air pollution. Air pollution exposure can lead to a higher incidence of SIDS, low birth weight syndrome, premature birth, and infant mortality. Between 1000-2000 premature deaths along the Wasatch Front are attributable to air pollution. Air pollution’s effects are like tobacco’s: a systemic inflammatory response in the arterial system that affects all organs. Carpool or use public transit, rather than build more freeways. Conserve energy by properly weatherizing your home to reduce heating. Don’t burn wood or trash, even on green burn days. Tell others & spread clean air quality information. Hold industrial plants accountable for the amount of pollution they cause. Keep your vehicle maintained and in check with emissions laws. TOGETHER, WE CAN CLEAN UP OUR AIR Inversion is very dangerous for people with asthma or chronic lung disease. It exacerbates respitory infections, triggers asthma attacks, and temporarily reduces lung capacity. Data gathered in Utah from 1995-2009 show that the average number of people hospitalized with severe asthma doubles as smog rates shoot up in the winter. CLEAN AIR SOURCES: http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=23668036 http://www.airquality.utah.gov/clean_air/archive/inversion.htm http://fox13now.com/2013/02/04/red-air-quality-in-northern-utah/ http://www.exploreutah.com/GettingAround/Utahs_Weather_The_Inversion.shtml http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/55825755-78/pollution-utah-birth-studies.html.csp http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865560535/Clearing-the-air-That-air-youre-breathing-may-be-slowly-killing-you.html?pg=all http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/no-solutions-in-sight-for-smog-sickness/article_da91c9f5-9123-5f52-a83c-79af428a398b.html Doctors encourage women seeking to get pregnant to conceive after the inversion season. The Wasatch Mountains and the Great Salt Lake make pollution in Utah an even bigger risk. The mountains can trap pollution over the lake - which then pushes it back into the city. This polluted air is denser than the warmer layer of air above it, and cannot escape. This is called INVERSION. Inversion in the Winter months is especially dangerous. It takes over one month for the body to recover from just one “red air” day. Heating our homes and buildings (wood is very toxic) Industrial Polluters Emissions from of our cars and trucks on Utah roads THE U.S. GOVERNMENT GIVES AIR QUALITY THESE RATINGS: GOOD MODERATE UNHEALTHY for sensitive populations UNHEALTHY VERY UNHEALTHY HAZARDOUS In the beginning of February - 2013, Utah had 22 red air days for the 2012-2013 winter. At the same time in 2012, there was only 5 for the 2011-2012 winter. Air pollution shortens the life span of a Wasatch Front resident about TWO YEARS. Being exposed to a “red air” day is virtually equivalent to smoking a half pack of cigarettes. This is especially dangerous and unacceptable for pregnant mothers, newborns and children. WHERE IS DIRTY AIR COMING FROM?