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Why We Do What We Do

Thursday, September 16, 2010

This recent article out of Dallas highlights extremely important new findings about the effectivness -- and necessity -- of strong air quality alert programs.

An excerpt:
Elaborate government rules, flashing highway signs that urge carpooling, and even police raids on shops accused of selling phony inspection stickers are all part of the war on unbreathable air in North Texas.

Smog casts Dallas in a dull light in this view northeast of downtown. In August, there were nine days on which regional ozone reached levels that the government says are unhealthy for sensitive groups.
New research, however, says a simple personal decision that has received almost no public credit might be a powerful weapon for protecting people from smog.

The state's system of forecasting high-ozone days is apparently helping people take their own precautions such as staying indoors, a doctoral student has found after examining years of North Texas records on ozone and asthma treatments.

The evidence: On high-ozone days that were predicted a day in advance, fewer North Texans with asthma show up at emergency rooms or are admitted to hospitals.

Please read the rest of the piece here. Sometimes simple truths can get lost in elaborate messaging. The simple, stark, and compelling truth here is that air quality alert programs are working, are reducing hospital visits, and yes, even saving lives. This is why we do what we do, and this is why we need your help.