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000 NOUS41 KOKX 281503 PNSOKX CTZ005>012-NJZ002-004-006-103>108-NYZ067>075-078>081-176>179-291000- PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW YORK NY 1100 AM EDT FRI APR 28 2017 ...AIR QUALITY AWARENESS WEEK IS MAY 1 - MAY 5... NEXT WEEK MARKS THE BEGINNING OF OZONE SEASON FOR MANY AREAS IN THE UNITED STATES. THE GOAL OF AIR QUALITY AWARENESS WEEK IS TO PROVIDE INFORMATION ON OUTDOOR AIR POLLUTION AND ITS IMPACT ON THE QUALITY OF THE AIR WE BREATHE. NOAA`S NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE (NWS) IS PARTNERING WITH THE U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA) AND THE U.S. CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION (CDC) TO MEET THIS GOAL. POOR AIR QUALITY IMPACTS OUR HEALTH. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT POOR AIR QUALITY...AIR QUALITY FORECASTS...ALERTS AND SAFETY TIPS TO HELP MITIGATE POOR AIR QUALITY...VISIT WWW.AIRQUALITY.NOAA.GOV. TODAY WE HIGHLIGHT TWO TYPES OF AIR POLLUTION: OZONE AND PARTICLE POLLUTION. THESE ARE TWO COMMON POLLUTANTS FOUND IN MANY PARTS OF THE COUNTRY. OZONE IS A COLORLESS ODORLESS GAS. IT IS THE SAME GAS THAT IS FOUND IN THE OZONE LAYER...HIGH IN THE EARTH`S STRATOSPHERE...WHERE IT PROTECTS US FROM THE SUN`S ULTRAVIOLET ENERGY. BUT AT GROUND LEVEL WHERE WE LIVE...OZONE POLLUTION IS UNHEALTHY TO BREATHE. PARTICLE POLLUTION...OR AIRBORNE PARTICLE POLLUTION...CONSISTS OF MICROSCOPIC PARTICLES IN THE AIR. DEPENDING ON WHERE YOU LIVE...IT CAN BE A PROBLEM IN THE WINTER AND/OR SUMMER. LIKE OZONE...PARTICLE POLLUTION IS NOT HEALTHY TO BREATHE. THE PARTICLES ALSO CONTRIBUTE TO HAZE WHICH BLURS THE VIEW IN MANY CITIES AND NATIONAL PARKS. OZONE FORMS WHEN TWO GROUPS OF KEY POLLUTANTS...NITROGEN OXIDES AND VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS...COOK IN THE SUN. PARTICLE POLLUTION CAN BE DIRECTLY EMITTED FOR EXAMPLE IN SMOKE FROM A WOODSTOVE...BUT A LOT OF PARTICLES FORM WHEN GASES REACT IN THE AIR. THESE OZONE AND PARTICLE FORMING POLLUTANTS COME FROM A VARIETY OF SOURCES...INCLUDING CARS...TRUCKS...BUSES...POWER PLANTS...AND INDUSTRIES. NATURAL SOURCES SUCH AS WILDFIRES AND DUSTSTORMS CONTRIBUTE TO PARTICLE POLLUTION. TREES AND OTHER VEGETATION ALSO EMIT ORGANIC COMPOUNDS THAT CONTRIBUTE TO PARTICLE AND OZONE POLLUTION. EXPOSURE TO HIGH LEVELS OF OZONE AND PARTICLE POLLUTION IS LINKED WITH A NUMBER OF SIGNIFICANT HEALTH PROBLEMS. CHILDREN...PEOPLE WITH LUNG DISEASE...OLDER ADULTS AND PEOPLE WITH HEART DISEASE TEND TO BE MORE VULNERABLE. WHEN POLLUTION REACHES HIGH ENOUGH LEVELS...THE AIR CAN BE UNHEALTHY FOR EVERYONE...ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE ACTIVE OUTDOORS. SATURDAY`S TOPIC WILL COVER AIR QUALITY FORECASTS AND SAFETY TIPS TO MITIGATE POOR AIR QUALITY. $$

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