Too often, Americans don’t know enough about the air quality in their communities and the impact it has on their health. A new ProPublica interactive neighborhood map shows, for the first time, the air quality in America’s neighborhoods. It was developed to interpret data from air pollutant monitoring stations into a scale that indicates how polluted the air is and the health effects associated. The higher the Air Quality Index (AQI) value, the greater the level of pollution and the greater health concern.
Some of the world’s largest companies are joining forces to accelerate efforts to fight the climate crisis. Google, Disney, Amazon, Microsoft, Netflix, Salesforce, Unilever, and Workday have joined forces to increase the scale and impact of business investment in climate solutions. They have partnered to create the Business Alliance for Scaling Climate Solutions (BASCS). This group’s objectives are to gather and disseminate climate solutions, connect with existing initiatives around the community, provide a platform for climate conversations, and then share success stories, best practices, and opportunities.
Air pollution has significant impacts on the environment and the health of human beings. Inhaling pollutants and small particulate matter contribute to cardiovascular disease, respiratory concerns, lung cancer, and onset asthma. The World Health Organization (WHO) has linked over 4.2 million premature deaths from health issues to air pollution. Air pollutants continue to disproportionately affect lower-income communities, leading to poor health for those with no access to health care. Tackling air quality and pollutants needs to be a priority for private companies.