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Health of the Air Report


The American Thoracic Society (ATS) released Adverse Health Impacts of Outdoor Air Pollution, including from Wildland Fires, in the United States: “Health of the Air,” 2018–2020, by Director of Health, Environment, and Policy, Kevin Cromar, along with Doctoral Researcher Laura Gladson (NYU Grossman School of Medicine), Julia Gohlke (Environmental Defense Fund), Yunyao Li (George Mason University), Daniel Tong (George Mason University), and Gary Ewert (ATS). This year’s study provides the first-ever local and national estimates of the health impacts directly attributable to air pollution from wildland fires and estimates of the number of excess adverse birth outcomes attributable to elevated air pollution. The press release quotes Cromar:


Understanding the magnitude of health impacts attributable to outdoor air pollution is often a missing part of the policymaking process. This report provides invaluable information that can help inform difficult air quality management decisions at both the local and national level.

Cromar also discussed this report on the Breathe Easy podcast episode, “Wildfire and Pre-term Births Data in Latest Health of the Air Report.”

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