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This Map Will Tell You If Your City’s Pollution Could Affect Your Health

The new map launches as international researchers sound louder alarms about air pollution’s profound health effects in China.

 
link to full article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/air-pollution-interactive-map_56015ef8e4b00310edf87d0b

link to interactive map: http://waqi.info/

Ever wondered about how your town or travel destination’s air quality might affect your health? Here’s your chance to find out.

On Sept. 18, the Beijing-based environmental nonprofit Air Quality Index China released a real-time, interactive map displaying air pollution levels around the world. The AQICN map, which automatically updates every 15 minutes, compiles verified data from official environmental protection agencies about 1,000 locations, and displays each site’s air quality index on the map. Users can see a full report and breakdown of a location’s air quality and pollution forecast by clicking on one of the flags.

The indices are based on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s air quality index scale, which measures five major air pollutants (ground-level ozone, particle pollution, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide) to calculate a location’s air quality and the possible health effects. Each site is color-coded to display its current level of pollution according to the scale…. See link at top for remainder of story

-Source: HuffPost

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