When relocating to a new city, many people (especially those with young children) want to know how the air quality is in a given area. Well, we thought that with the extreme heat pummeling the United States this summer, we’d share with you a few of the top myths about ozone air pollution, since it does always seem so much worse in the warmer months.
The Ozone Layer – is it Good or Bad?
Yes, we need the ozone layer to protect the planet from harmful rays from the sun. However, ozone is actually one of the most common air pollutants in the U.S. And no matter where you move, you can’t escape it, though some areas (including Los Angeles and Atlanta) have larger amounts.
Ozone is as natural as oxygen, but it isn’t natural in all areas. When pollution mixes with the hot air at the ground level, ozone is formed. You know those black clouds emanating from smokestacks at power plants? That’s what’s happening there. Ozone is also made when you drive your car.
Because ozone is made primarily during the day when the sun, heat, and pollutants all mix, there are often air pollution warnings during the summer. However, it is important to understand that ozone will last into the night and it isn’t the only pollutant out there.
One thing is for certain, ozone air pollution is not getting worse, no matter what you’ve read. This means that if a certain region was particularly at risk of ozone air pollution a few years ago, it is no worse today. (So, don’t let that stop you from moving.) Government regulations have encouraged cleaner practices.
Just remember, ozone air pollution may be getting less severe, but global warming is still a problem. Let’s all do our part. When you do decide to move, think about making it a green relocation.