Air Quality

National Library of Medicine Launches Redesigned Tox Town Website

The National Library of Medicine announced a new design for the Tox Town website, which provides consumer-level information on everyday locations and situations where toxic chemical exposure might occur. The new design, informed by extensive user research,…

Smoke Sense App Alerts Public about Wildland Fire Smoke Risks

By Ana Rappold, Mary Clare Hano, Steven Prince and Ann Brown, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Hospitals, clinics, and public health organizations in wildfire-prone areas of the West and Southwest are seeing firsthand the impacts…

Interactive Maps on Climate Change and Air Pollution

The Revelator, an initiative of the Center for Biological Diversity, released two interactive maps: Climate in 2050 shows how rising temperatures will affect communities around the world based on current climate change projections. Air Pollution…

CDC Activates Emergency Operations Center for Hurricane Florence

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) activated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) on Wednesday, September 12 to coordinate 24/7 all CDC activities for public health needs before, during, and after Hurricane Florence, including the…

New NIH Study on the Effect of Genetics and Pollution on Asthma Symptoms

According to a study from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), asthma patients with a specific genetic profile are more susceptible to intense asthma symptoms from exposure to traffic pollution. Patients without that genetic profile…

Annual Air Quality Report from EPA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its annual report on air quality, tracking the country’s progress in improving air quality since the passage of the Clean Air Act. The report, “Our Nation’s Air: Status…

Taking Action to Address the Public Health Impact of Wildfire Smoke

By Alan Vette, Acting Director, Air and Energy National Research Program (ORD), United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Erika Sasser, Director, Health and Environmental Impacts Division (OAQPS), EPA During Air Quality Awareness Week (April…