Climate change can make local air pollution worse. In hot conditions, concentrations of pollutants like ozone, particulate matter and sulphur dioxide increase, especially in roadside and urban areas. While pollution reduction efforts have had a great effect in New York State, climate change threatens this progress and could worsen air quality across the state.
Higher pollution can cause health problems for children, particularly those with allergies and asthma. Outdoor air pollution can also increase the risk of other breathing and heart and blood vessel complications later in life. The unjust distribution of air pollutants can contribute to health disparities in communities of color.
To find out more about how to protect your children from the health risks posed by outdoor air pollution, please see the following resources:
Prescriptions for Prevention: