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Report: Climate Change Brings “Bad Air” to VA

September 14, 2007

Virginia Beach, VA – A new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council indicates there will be more "bad air" days in Virginia as a result of global warming. The report shows rising temperatures from climate change will mean more hot summer days for Virginia cities, raising the risk of smog and high ozone levels. Report coauthor Kim Knowlton says that means more coughing, chest pain, and lung damage.

"Some of the people that are really most susceptible include kids, kids with asthma, and the elderly. Even active portions of the healthy population can be at risk from these exposures."

Knowlton says there is good news, too, however. Cutting back on climate change pollution would also reduce the number of pollutants that cause dangerous smog.

"By reducing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, from our vehicles and from industry, we get better air quality today, and get a cooler and healthier environment in the future for our kids."

The report analyzed air quality projections for ten U.S. cities, including Virginia Beach.

Deborah Smith/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - VA