Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Here We Go Again....

Ready or not the 2007 Smog Season is here. Ironically, as we move through spring - one of the prettiest times of the year - we also begin moving into smog season, which is environmentally one of the most dangerous times of the year.
Last year we exceeded federal air quality standards 30 times! Put another way - we were breathing unhealthy air for an entire month last year!
The facts are staggering. Almost eight percent of Georgia's children have asthma. Asthma is the number one reason that kids miss school. And hospital studies have shown that the number of children that have to go to the emergency room jumps up almost 40 percent during and after a smog alert day.
So what can you do? Well first, I must say that the news is not all bad. Atlanta was one of only four cities where carpooling increased from 2000 - 2005... and nearly a quarter of a million people carpool in Atlanta each day.
Mass transit, opting to walk or ride a bike, not leaving our cars idling whenever possible - those are all great solutions to cut down on the emissions from our vehicles. Also, recycling and conserving energy are additional ways to help the environment. By putting those ideas into practice we are using less energy and put less of a demand on our power companies.
Throughout the spring and summer we'll be giving you the projected daily air quality index value in each of our weathercasts. We'll also be reminding you about safety tips that you can use when the air becomes unhealthy to breathe.
The summer smog season runs from May 1st through September 30th.

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