The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has released a report on climate change and air quality. It offers a brief overview of air quality issues in Ohio. A graphic showing the air quality issues by county is provided on the NRDC’s website. Click the link for more details https://www.nrdc.org/climate-change-and-health-air-quality#/map/detail/OH.
Franklin County’s biggest problem is ragweed and ozone. Ohio is ranked 6th in percentage of people living in counties with ragweed and unhealthy smog days. And 903,000 adults and 189,000 children suffer from asthma in the state.
Rising temperatures in Ohio will continue to make smog and ragweed pollen production worse in the state, increasing respiratory issues, especially for those with asthma.
On the bright side, Ohio has been decreasing our carbon pollution. It has decreased by 14.7 percent from 2005. This decrease is related to our state’s effort in increasing clean energy and making buildings more efficient.
Moving forward it is important for Ohio to continue to support increases in clean energy and to develop climate change adaptations plans to prepare for the health impacts of dirtier air. The Ohio Public Health Association is already taking the starting steps for adaptation planning through their work with the Ohio Public Health Climate Resilience Coalition.
–Submitted by Student Section Communications Chair Anna Pavan