Albuquerque’s air quality has worsened according to the new State of the Air report by the American Lung Association. The 2019 report which tracks pollution and air quality levels in the state has found that Albuquerque has experienced more unhealthy days of high ozone compared to last year.
In a ranking of the most ozone-polluted cities in the United States, El Paso and Las Cruces both ranked number 22. Albuquerque’s air quality ranked at number 67 for ozone pollution.
“Ozone especially harms children, older adults and those with asthma and other lung diseases,” said JoAnna Strother, director and of advocacy of the American Lung Association in New Mexico in a press release.
The report highlights that four in 10 Americans are living with unhealthy air quality.
Year-round particle pollution levels are also slightly higher than last year. Most cities nationwide showed an increase in ozone levels which is explained in the report as the result of record-breaking global heat experienced within the three years tracked in the report.
State of the Air also gathered data on short-term particle pollution spikes which are considered to be extremely dangerous. The report noted that Albuquerque had no days in which short-term particle pollution reached unhealthy levels.
This is the 20th time the report has been released.