Top 10 cities with the worst air pollution
What are the top 10 cities with the worst air pollution? Earth Day has come and gone, yet we must still treat every day like it’s Earth Day. Air pollution is a serious epidemic with repercussions that will last for generations.
Pollution exposes us to contaminants and chemicals that enter the lungs and can cause serious damage to health. Not only does it affect us, but it affects our environment and our planet as well. Carbon dioxide and methane gas pollution cause global warming, which the NRDC calls the greatest humanitarian crisis of our time.
Because of global warming, global temperatures are rising at record rates, causing dying of coral reefs, rising of sea levels, extreme droughts and storms, and so much more.
“Global warming is not only the number one environmental challenge we face today, but one of the most important issues facing all of humanity,” said Leonardo DiCaprio, an Academy Award-winning actor and leading environmental activist. “We all have to do our part to raise awareness about global warming and the problems we as a people face in promoting a sustainable environmental future for our planet.”
The American Lung Association recently released their air pollution report called “The State of the Air 2016.” The report showed some good news and bad news. While there was an improvement of air quality in 2012-2014, the association also reports that there are still to many Americans living in areas where it is unhealthy to breathe.
Let’s take a look at the top 10 cities with the worst air pollution, outlined by the American Lung Association’s latest report:
- Los Angeles-Long Beach, California
- Bakersfield, California
- Visalia-Porterville-Hanford, California
- Fresno-Madera, California
- Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Arizona
- Sacramento-Roseville, California
- Modesto-Merced, California
- Denver-Aurora, Colorado
- Las Vegas-Henderson, Nevada
- Fort Collins, Colorado
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