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The Science of Air Quality

Graphic showing air particles related to air quality

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  Ozone and Pine Trees

  Acid Rain/Snow

  Air Monitoring

  Clean Energy

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  Climate Change


For decades scientists have established increasingly alarming evidence of the harmful effects of air pollution on our health and the health of interrelated ecosystems on which we depend. This growing database of evidence is documented both in laboratories and in multiyear field studies. The extent of a community's pollution problems and the continuous evaluation of remedies to clean up the air are monitored by an extensive outdoor air monitoring network spread across the US. Energy sources and production are undergoing a transformation. Historical policies are being adapted in a partnership with nature. The way in which we as individuals and we as communities integrate and act on scientific evidence will determine the future.

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