Mal Air

Los Angeles has topped American Lung Association’s bad air list of most polluted cities in America. The association found that the Los Angeles metropolitan area, which includes Riverside County, had the worst air based on 2003 through 2005 figures.

The organization based the rankings on ozone pollution levels produced when heat and sunlight come into contact with pollutants from power plants, cars, refineries and other sources. The group also studied particle pollution levels emitted from these sources, which are made up of a mix of tiny solid and liquid particles in the air.

Such pollution can contribute to heart disease, lung cancer and asthma attacks, the association said. Those especially vulnerable to polluted air are children, senior citizens, people who work or exercise outdoors and people with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Nearly half of the U.S. population lives in counties that still have unhealthy levels of ozone or particle pollution even though there appeared to be less ozone in many counties than previous years, the study found.

The solution? Consider other means of transportation such as mass transit, biking, walking, and carpooling. If everybody did a little something L.A.’s mal air could turn into bel air.

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