08 Jun '11, 4pm

The Wheezing Sounds of Summer: Air Pollution Is Hurting Our Children's Health

It’s just the beginning of hot weather across many northern states, but time to recall what rising temperatures do to air quality. Heat worsens air pollution, which harms health in ways that are measurable and pose concerns for society’s most vulnerable, especially children. Warmer temperatures lead to higher concentrations of ground-level ozone, or smog. A warming climate will worsen this situation. It’s projected to increase emissions of the chemicals that form ozone smog, and speed up ozone-forming chemical reactions in the air, worsening health symptoms. A growing body of scientific research tells us that climate change will lead to higher concentrations of ground-level ozone in many areas of the country. Rising temperatures from human-induced carbon pollution increase ozone smog more in areas with already-high ozone concentrations, meaning that climate change tends to...

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