Your recent article on the region’s positive grades for air quality is a good reminder of just how important clean air is to our community’s overall health ("Napa ranks high in Lung Association's clean air report," April 19).
While the report found our region in good shape when it comes to ozone and particle pollution, it is important to note that pollution from wood burning continues to be a problem. Breathing wood smoke is especially harmful to children and those with asthma and lung disease. Just one fireplace or wood burning stove can produce high levels of unhealthy smoke.
The State of the Air 2017 report by the American Lung Association in California also highlights the issue of a changing climate on our air quality and health. Rising temperatures caused by climate change lead to longer allergy seasons and worsen air quality. Long allergy seasons can cause more allergies and asthma attacks.
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The report serves as an important reminder that we must do more to reduce air pollution and fight climate change, starting with using cleaner heating alternatives like electric heat pumps and driving cleaner cars. Let’s all work together to clean up air pollution so everyone can breathe easier today, and for future generations.
Dr. Larry Posner