Peltier reacts to Hampshire County’s “F” grade in air quality rating

University of Massachusetts Environmental Health Sciences faculty Richard Peltier

Richard Peltier

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.