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Dirty Utah Air

DIRTY Uiah AR WHY UTAH'S AIR QUALITY HAS BEEN CALLED A PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY WHERE IS DIRTY AIR COMING FROM? Industrial Polluters Heating our homes and buildings (WOod is very toxic) EMT Emissions from of our cars and trucks on Utah roads HOW DOES DIRTY AIR AFFECT ME? Air pollution shortens the life span of a Wasatch Front resident about TWO YEARS. Air pollution's effects are like tobacco's: a systemic inflammatory response in the arterial system that affects all organs. THE U.S. GOVERNMENT GIVES AIR QUALITY THESE RATINGS: UNHEALTHY GOOD MODERATE for senstive VERY HAZARDOUS UNHEALTHY UNHEALTHY populations In the beginning of February - 2013, Utah had 22 red air days for the 2012-2013 winter. At the same time in 2012, there was only 5 for the 2011-2012 winter. Being exposed to a "red air" day is virtually equivalent to smoking a half pack of cigarettes. This is especially dangerous and unacceptable for pregnant mothers, newborns and children. Between 1000-2000 premature deaths along the Wasatch Front are attributable to air pollution. JANUARY JANUARY JANUARY JANUARY It takes over one month for the body to recover from just one "red air" day. JANUARY JANUARY JANUARY JANUARY 31 23b 4 13 JANU. JANUARY 24 Most children along the Wasatch Front will never develop their full lung capacity due to childhood exposure to chronic air pollution. Air pollution exposure can lead to a higher incidence of SIDS, low birth weight syndrome. premature birth, and infant mortality. "I think this is a severe problem, and there's no fair way to characterize it other than this is a PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY." Brian Moench Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment The Wasatch Mountains and the Great Salt Lake make pollution in Utah an even bigger risk. The mountains can trap pollution over the lake - which then pushes it back into the city. This polluted air is denser than the warmer layer of air above it, and cannot escape. This is called INVERSION. Inversion in the Winter months is especially dangerous Doctors encourage women seeking to get pregnant to conceive after the inversion season. Inversion is very dangerous for people with asthma or chronic lung disease. It exacerbates respitory infections, triggers asthma attacks, and temporarily reduces lung capacity. Data gathered in Utah from 1995-2009 show that the average number of people hospitalized with severe asthma doubles as smog rates shoot up in the winter. HOW CAN YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE? Conserve energy by properly weatherizing your home to reduce Don't burn Carpool or use public transit, wood or trash, even on green burn days. rather than build more freeways. heating. Keep your vehicle maintained and Hold industrial Tell others & plants accountable for the amount of spread clean air quality information. in check with emissions laws. pollution they cause. TOGETHER, WE CAN CLEAN UP OUR AIR AAVALAUNCH MEDIA CLEAN AIR SOURCES http://www.airquality.utahgowdean air/archive/inversion htm http:/for http://www.exploreutahcom/GettingAround/Utahs Weather The_Irversionshimi http:/ html.cop http:/ JANUARY 25 ->>>>

Dirty Utah Air

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