October 18, 2019
Associate Professor Richard Peltier (Environmental Health Sciences) comments on Hampshire County’s “F” grade for air quality as assigned by the American Lung Association in a new report on high ozone days.
Peltier says climate change is both a cause and effect of air pollution. He adds some pollutants put into the air are black and sooty-colored and absorb more light, thus heating the air. And climate change itself can cause more pollutants to be emitted because a warming world and hotter days causes ozone to be created faster.
Only one Massachusetts county received a grade higher than C in the report.