State of the Air: NEW HAMPSHIRE

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Here’s what we’re working on in New Hampshire:

Moms Clean Air Force is building a community of New Hampshire moms who care through hosting letter writing parties, coffees, and lunches with volunteers; presenting at Chambers of Commerce, summer camps, and other groups throughout the state; tabling at festivals and community events; and hosting movie screenings.

Climate Change: We are fighting global warming by supporting policies, namely America’s Clean Power Plan, that will reduce carbon emissions and decrease dangerous co-pollutants. Warmer temperatures allow the tick population to flourish which increases the spread of  Lyme disease and threatens the health of our moose population.

Changing climatic conditions can alter the timing and intensity of fall foliage and impact snowfall and change our ecosystem. For example, seasonal snowfall at Pinkham Notch, NH has declined over a 78 year period, and snowpack is melting off 16 days earlier on average.


Snowpack is melting off 16 days earlier on average.

Mercury: We are supporting strong limits on harmful mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants. Mercury deposited in New Hampshire is both emitted from in-state sources and carried here from sources upwind. Emissions upwind of New Hampshire are primarily attributable to coal-fired utilities and municipal and medical waste incinerators in the Northeast and Midwest. Studies show that mercury deposition rates in New Hampshire, as in the entire Northeast, are higher than in other areas of the country due to the combination of local emissions and transport from upwind sources. The global mercury reservoir that has resulted over time from both natural and man-made sources also contributes to deposition in the Northeast.

According to data from EPA, toxic air emissions from manufacturers in New Hampshire have decreased by over 85 percent since enactment of New Hampshire’s Air Toxics Control Program in 1987.

Smog: In New Hampshire smog, or ozone, and fine particulate matter (PM2.5) are the primary air pollutants of concern. However, other contaminants, such as nitrogen-oxides and sulfur-dioxide occasionally occur at significant concentrations.

During a typical summer, an ozone smog event strikes the state about one out of every four to five days. Hardest hit is the southeastern portion of the state. The worst ozone days are created when the wind flows over the east coast corridor cities of Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York prior to reaching New Hampshire. The seacoast often gets the worst pollution during an episode when a sea breeze brings Boston-produced ozone pollution in from the ocean to mix with ozone pollution blown-in from other areas. Click to download ozone level charts.

“Programs such as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative have brought numerous benefits to the Granite State, leading to new innovations while generating jobs and saving energy costs. We look forward to continuing to work with our regional partners to ensure that we reduce the harmful emissions that lead to climate change, while also helping to reduce energy costs, create jobs and encourage innovation in the state’s clean-energy economy.” -Governor Maggie Hassan, June 2014, commenting on new Federal Carbon Pollution Standards.

Clean Energy: We are ensuring that our energy future is renewable, clean, and healthy — for the sake of our children’s health.

Chemical Policy Reform: We are fighting to keep toxic chemicals out of the products we use every day, through advocating for reform of the outdated Toxic Substances Control Act.

Natural Gas Pollution: We are demanding strong protections from methane, volatile organic compounds, and other harmful air pollutants associated with fracking and natural gas development.

New Hampshire’s electricity generation by source, 2014:

  • Nuclear (52%)

  • Natural Gas (22%)

  • Renewables (10%)

  • Coal (7%)

  • Hydro (7%)

  • Petroleum (1%)


The prevalence of adult Asthma is higher in New Hampshire than in the US as a whole. New Hampshire data consistently show statistically significant increasing trends in adult asthma and it appears asthma is increasing 13.8 times faster among women than men.

The estimated total cost of environmentally attributable child asthma cases in New Hampshire is $9 million.

New Hampshire’s childhood asthma rate is among the highest in the nation. Childhood asthma prevalence in New Hampshire is estimated at 10.4%; roughly 30,000 children currently have asthma with on average 3,000 new children diagnosed with asthma every year.

Children 0-4 years old have the highest rates for both emergency department visits and inpatient hospitalizations for asthma. Child asthma prevalence varies across counties of the state, with estimates ranging from 5.1% in Grafton County, to 17.4% in Coos County. In New Hampshire, asthma is also one of the leading causes of days lost from school among children ages 5 to 17.

Impacts on New Hampshire Ski Industry

Loss of 10 – 20 percent of ski season days, representing a loss of $42 million to $84 million in direct and indirect spending in New Hampshire.

Impacts on New Hampshire Forests

Ecological collapse for several tree species, including beech, maple, and hemlock (an important species for deer during the winter).

Widespread tree mortality, including spruce and others; decreases in vegetation density of 25 – 75 percent; extensive wildfires; large increases in pest and pathogen outbreaks; and a lag in the establishment of new forests for several decades.

Northern movement of other local tree species from 100 – 300 miles.

Potential large-scale die-offs of sugar maple, on average a $3 – $3.5 million dollar industry.

Impacts on New Hampshire Coasts

Sea level rise of 12 – 20 inches, causing large scale alteration of Great Bay, reduction of coastal estuaries and flooding of rivers, as well as potentially large revenue losses from coastal tourism, a $484 million generator for New Hampshire.

Huge infrastructure investments to erect dikes and dredge channels to “stem the tide.”

Impacts on New Hampshire Foliage

Dulling and browning of foliage season due to tree die-offs, species substitution, and “climate stressed” unhealthy trees. New Hampshire foliage travelers on average spend a total of $292 million annually.

Impacts on New Hampshire Fishing

Loss of cold water fishing: 50 – 100 percent eradication of rainbow, brook, and brown trout fishing, a $150 million New Hampshire industry.

Job Opening: New Hampshire Field Organizer

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON July 1, 2015
Moms Clean Air Force is seeking a highly motivated individual in New Hampshire who is dedicated to children’s health and addressing climate change. This part-time position will be dedicated to executing an issue-based campaign in order to: Increase the visibility of Moms Clean Air Force;...

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November, 2015: 

Moms Clean Air Force New Hampshire hosted preschool storytime at Hopkinton Library.

Becky Whitley (NH) attended and tabled at the Climate of Change Conference put on by the New England Environmental Educators Association.

Moms Clean Air Force New Hampshire attended the Citizens’ Climate Lobby 2015 Northeast Regional Conference | Courtyard by Marriott, 2200 Southwood Dr., Nashua, NH

Moms Clean Air Force New Hampshire hosted a Ladies Night & Norwex Party with Supermom Sara French.

Moms Clean Air Force New Hampshire attended and tabled at  the Climate of Change Conference.

September, 2015:

Moms Clean Air Force New Hampshire members met with Governor Hassan and delivered a large decorated card asking the Governor to protect our children from climate change.

Play-In for Climate Action & Press Conference | Families gathered to raise awareness around climate change and staff from Senator Ayotte’s and Senator Shaheen’s offices came and read letters from the Senators.

May 2015: Mama Summit 2015 | Moms Clean Air Force New Hampshire members gathered at the state capitol in Concord for the second annual Mama Summit. Mama Summit participants enjoyed an excellent program of distinguished speakers, and were treated to a video message of welcome from Congresswoman Kuster. In addition to holding meetings with lawmakers to talk about the importance of clean air, participants also received a letter of support from Senator Kelly Ayotte (R).

May 2014: Mama Summit 2014| Moms Clean Air Force New Hampshire members gathered in at the state capitol in Concord to call on elected officials to take climate action. Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter and state Senator Jeff Woodburn spoke alongside Mrs. New Hampshire at the plenary session, and participants heard letters from Senator Shaheen, Senator Ayotte and Congresswoman Kuster applauding the recent Supreme Court decision that allows the Cross State Air Pollution rule to be implemented, and encouraging participants to continue their work to rid the air of harmful pollutants.

In 2014: Moms Clean Air Force New Hampshire made 46 legislative visits with New Hampshire lawmakers and their staff at the state and federal level, raising the concerns of moms and dads across the state.

Quote from Senator Ayotte: “It’s so important that we protect New Hampshire’s beautiful environment for our economy and for our future.” Source: 10/25/15 press statement

Quote from Senator Shaheen: “Climate change poses a significant threat to New Hampshire’s environment and its economy.” Source: 10/26/15 press statement

Quote from Governor Hassan: “We know that a healthy environment and economic development go hand-in-hand, and that’s why addressing air quality and climate change is an economic imperative for our state.” Source: 10/26/15 press statement


Maggie Hassan

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Kelly Ayotte

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Jeanne Shaheen

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US House of Representatives

Frank Guinta (District 1)

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Ann Kuster (District 2)

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