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For better air, more wind and solar.

Postby Wilberforce » Mon Aug 19, 2013 7:26 pm

For better air, more wind and solar.
Deb Brown and Jim Spencer Posted: Monday, August 19, 2013, 3:01 AM

Philadelphia, we have a problem - an air-quality problem. Fortunately, we can all help solve that problem. Philadelphia has a big problem with air pollution. In April, the American Lung Association published its latest "State of the Air" report with local grades on air quality. The report showed that Philadelphia ranked as 11th most polluted in the nation for year-round particle pollution in 2009 through 2011, the years this report covered. And that's not all. Philadelphia also ranked 20th for most ozone-polluted city. While that's a big improvement over previous years, we still have dangerous levels of air pollution. The lung association publishes its report not to scare people, or to discount the great progress the people of Pennsylvania have made for many years in cleaning up the air. Instead, we want to inform everyone across the country about the air they breathe in order to encourage them to take action against pollution. At the American Lung Association, we have advocated for the Environmental Protection Agency to continue its work for clean, safe air, which includes cleaning up gasoline and cars, funding the work to provide healthy air, reducing pollutants from coal-fired power plants, and strengthening outdated ozone standards. It's not just the EPA that can protect the air we breathe. It can start with you. Over the last year, the lung association in Pennsylvania has collaborated with ChoosePAWind to increase awareness about the choices individuals have in the type of generation they use to power their homes. ChoosePAWind's website (http://www.choosepawind.com) explains the benefits of switching to locally sourced wind energy and outlines the options available. Much of the electricity that powers our homes comes from burning coal. Coal-burning power plants are a major source of the emissions that create the ozone and particle pollution that Philadelphians breathe. Currently, Pennsylvania has 24 operating wind farms, with a total installed capacity of more than 1,340 megawatts that generate more than three billion kilowatt-hours of clean electricity each year. That's enough to power nearly 330,000 homes without producing harmful air emissions that come from burning fuel. The American Lung Association in Pennsylvania has stepped up to the plate, running its office on 90 percent wind power and 10 percent solar. With more residents and businesses signing up, together we can be the demand for more local wind farms and help avoid even more air pollution. Take action today so we can all realize the health and environmental benefits of clean air.

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http://www.philly.com/philly/news/scien ... solar.html
• The Surgeon General has determined that there is no safe level of exposure to ambient smoke!

• If you smell even a subtle odor of smoke, you are being exposed to poisonous and carcinogenic chemical compounds!

• Even a brief exposure to smoke raises blood pressure, (no matter what your state of health) and can cause blood clotting, stroke, or heart attack in vulnerable people. Even children experience elevated blood pressure when exposed to smoke!

• Since smoke drastically weakens the lungs' immune system, avoiding smoke is one of the best ways to prevent colds, flu, bronchitis, or risk of an even more serious respiratory illness, such as pneumonia or tuberculosis! Does your child have the flu? Chances are they have been exposed to ambient smoke!
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