Friday, June 10, 2005

Air pollution in your community

Yesterday we posted on air pollution meteorology. The point was that different locations are subject to different impacts from the same amount of emitted pollutant. Of course even if you live in fairly favorable meteorological conditions so that pollutant concentrations aren't too high from nearby emitted pollutants, those pollutants can travel long distances and cause problems for someone else. 'Nuff said.

If you live in the US you can get a good picture of your local air pollution situation courtesy of the MetaEfficient site. There you'll find an air pollution Scorecard which allows you to type in your zip code to see how your community stacks up with others across the country and also get many other interesting facts about the state of your air shed. At the same site you can also find out about environmental justice issues in your community and toxics in the air and water.

Quite nice. Take a look. (hat tip: Gristmill)