San Diego’s Air Quality Grade and Its Effects on Residents

Emissions from vehicles are a major source of concern for those looking for a healthier environment. Studies are done every year in various cities to determine if tailpipe emissions are causing unhealthy living conditions. The American Lung Association recently gave San Diego failing marks for air quality and this comes in spite of the city achieving very steady declines in air pollution over the past few years.

Based on the stringent federal ozone standards that were put into place in 2008, San Diego received 10 violations for air quality in 2012. California in general has some of the worst air pollution problems in the nation and because of this, the state serves as a model for the regulations that promote lower pollution and cleaner air. In order to improve the grade that San Diego has received, the region will need to push consumers more toward using vehicles that have cleaner diesel engines and even electric models that use very little gasoline at all.

While the failing grade that the city received does not really show mass improvement over the years, the long term outlook for cleaner air in the region looks good. There is always work to be done when it comes to cleaning up the environment and San Diego is just slightly under the regulations for achieving passing marks. Studies published recently do show that air pollutants have decreased by more than 50 percent since the early 1980s, which is a massive improvement itself. There is simply more work to be done in order to provide a much cleaner environment for future generations.

The American Lung Association has developed an application for smartphone users that will allow those users to determine if the air that they are breathing is safe. The app is available for both Android and Apple iPhone users and can be a very helpful resource for those who are living with certain pulmonary diseases like COPD or asthma. Older adults and young children as well as those who have diabetes and heart disease will find the app useful as well and it can come in quite handy when planning outdoor adventures such as running or hiking.

Because many communities still have unhealthy levels of pollution in the air, it is essential that consumers themselves learn ways of protecting themselves and their families from this pollution. There are currently more than 125 million people in the United States who live in areas that have dangerous particle pollution in the air. This app for smartphones will enable those people to ensure that they are not actively breathing in those harmful particles when they are outdoors.

The app is called State of the Air and will enable smartphone owners to input their zip code to get the current conditions of the air in their region. There is also a geo-locator that can be used to determine air quality. The application will track the levels of particle and ozone pollution and alert the user if the air quality is considered to be unhealthy.

The application will also give health recommendations, depending on just how severe the pollution quality is for that particular day. It may recommend that the user remain indoors for that day or limit their outdoor activities to certain times of the day. The app is designed to help those with sensitive lung issues to better plan their outdoor activities and to ensure that they are breathing the best air possible, which is essential during times of high air pollution. San Diego continues to work on cleaning up the air in the city’s region and this along with the smartphone application can be very helpful to those who have certain lung diseases or other health issues.