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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Metro Atlanta smog alert... today's color is orange

Air Quality, Smog, Clean Air Campaign

Gather round, all Atlantans, and breathe through a handkerchief for the rest of the day. The Clean Air Campaign has issued a Code Orange Smog Alert — meaning that the air quality in the region today is unhealthy for such sensitive segments of the population as asthmatics, the elderly and people with heart or lung disease. Those groups should limit outdoor exercise or exertion to the early morning hours and late evening.

It's always about the people. Won't anyone think of the bees!?! In the meantime, think about using other ways to travel to help improve the region's air quality. The campaign says that if one person opted not to drive one day a week for every week in the year, he or she would reduce the amount of pollutants emitted into the air by more than 2,080 pounds.

(Graphic courtesy of the Department of Homeland Security)

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