New York Times Creates Visual Aid to Understand Air Pollution

New York Times Creates Visual Aid to Understand Air Pollution

Many studies have linked particulate matter to adverse health effects such as asthma, heart disease, strokes, or even cancer. Therefore, It’s always important for us to know what exactly is in the air we breathe.

The New York Times has created a tool to visually compare your city’s level of air pollution with some of the most polluted cities in the world. Check it out: (Will require either facebook login or gmail login)

If you happen to live in an area with high pollution, there are tools and best practices in place to stay relatively safe. Make sure you use all online resources at your disposal, such as the following steps as per the American Lung Association in order to stay safe during a pollution spike:

  1. Check daily air pollution forecasts, especially if you are in an area that’s prone to pollution spikes
  2. Avoid exercising outdoors when pollution is high. When the air is bad, stay indoors in a location that has good air filtration: ie shopping centers, gyms, etc.
  3. Always (not just on days with bad pollution) avoid exercising near areas of heavy traffic – the vehicles on busy highways can create high pollution levels to nearly half a mile away
  4. Use less energy in your home, as generating electricity creates even more pollution
  5. Encourage ride sharing programs or public transportation. Vehicles should also not be left idling
  6. Don’t burn wood or other trash – this is a major source of particulate pollution (soot)
  7. use electric equipment over gasoline based equipment when possible

You can visit the american lung association here: Stay safe out there!