FOCUS ON: Smog

Ozone, or smog, is caused by pollution from cars, trucks, power plants, and other industrial sources. It damages lungs and triggers asthma attacks, among other health impacts.

You may have heard of “good” ozone high in our atmosphere, which acts as a protective layer against the sun’s radiation. But ozone is a strong respiratory irritant, so at ground levels ozone is harmful to breathe and can negatively affect your health.

Smog levels in the air climb during hot, sunny days, but high smog concentrations have also been measured in winter months in parts of Wyoming and Colorado where there are high emissions of VOCs and NOx associated with oil and gas development. Smog can travel great distances carried by the wind.

Scott Pruitt’s EPA Confirmation Would Be An Assault on Health Safeguards

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON January 4, 2017
This was written by Vickie Patton, General Counsel for Environmental Defense Fund: With the confirmation battle fast approaching over President-elect Trump’s nomination of Scott Pruitt as head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), we would like to share some information we have compiled about his environmental...

TOPICS: Clean Air Rules and Regulations, EPA, Mercury Poisoning, Oklahoma, Ozone, Politics

What’s Worse Than Fracking Pollution?

BY Dominique Browning ON November 13, 2015
  We must confront something much worse than fracking pollution: Methane leaks throughout the entire process of oil and gas development. This is an urgent problem — especially as we are increasingly turning to natural gas for power, to avoid carbon-emitting coal. Thankfully, President Obama...

TOPICS: Fracking, Natural Gas, Ozone
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