What’s the big deal about ‘Air Quality Alerts?’

Whenever I share the news that the Twin Cities is under an “air quality alert,” as it was last week for particulant pollution, I always have a few people say “what’s the big deal?’¬† They mock the seriousness of the problem, noting that “no one is dropping dead” because of a little air pollution. A new report, covered today by USA Today, suggests otherwise.¬† Of 96 cities around the nation¬†researched by the 18-year University of California-Berkley study, Minneapolis-Saint Paul ranks #9 in ozone levels.

UPDATE: I thought this sounded odd, because our air quality is among best in nation. Ranking in the USA Today table is in reverse order, with the least polluted cities at the top. That’s more like it!

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