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Millions in the U.S. Still Live With Unhealthy Air, Report Finds

April 21, 2021, 3:40 PM

More than 130 million Americans are breathing harmful levels of ozone and particulate matter exacerbated by worsening climate change, an annual air report found.

The American Lung Association on Wednesday released its 22nd “State of the Air” report, which found that four in 10 Americans live with unhealthy air pollution, and people of color were 61% more likely to reside in counties that don’t meet healthy air limits under National Ambient Air Quality Standards.

  • The report culled Environmental Protection Agency data from 2017, 2018 and 2019—three years among “the six hottest in recorded global history.” Increased wildfires and ozone-fueling ...