06 Aug '11, 12pm

As summer temperatures rise, so does deadly coal pollution: via @grist

As summer temperatures rise, so does deadly coal pollution: via @grist

Gas masks: (not) the ultimate bikini accessory. As a mom, I’ve been paying attention to air pollution alerts, and I’ve been cautious about letting my daughter play outside on Code Red days. One of the biggest sources of that air pollution is coal-fired power plants, which pose an especially immediate threat to our health on hot summer days when soot and smog levels are highest. Burning coal for electricity pollutes our air with toxins that cause asthma, heart disease, and more. One of these pollutants is ozone, which is one of the key ingredients of smog. Yet many Americans still aren’t connecting the dots between coal and the smog pollution it creates. So I took to the TV airwaves Wednesday to spread the news and call for action. We need stronger air pollution standards from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In the United States there is a 50 percent chance that ...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/pollution/2011-08-05-as-summer-tempe...

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