Monday, August 6, 2007

Warning: Don't breathe

Posted By on Mon, Aug 6, 2007 at 7:29 PM

Today marks the third day in a row that Atlanta's air quality is so bad that even healthy people are warned against doing much of anything outside.

Only two other days this year, June 23 and 24, were forecast as "code red," meaning the air is believed to be unhealthy for everyone.

Breathing "code red" air, or air that has a high dose of ground-level ozone and fine particulate matter, can result in shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, and chest tightness or pain. It's the byproduct of vehicle and power plant emissions.

Now might be a good time to cut back on your energy consumption and your driving, and to consider a Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle, or SULEV — or, better yet, a Partial Zero Emission Vehicle, PZEV. This link will give you a list of all new and used cars that meet those standards.

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