EPA, Albuquerque Work to Improve Air Quality

DALLAS, TX – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded $151,996 to the city of Albuquerque to monitor fine particulate matter, or PM 2.5. These are particles found in smoke and haze that measure 2.5 micrometers or less in diameter. The particles come from a variety of sources, and can have serious effects on the heart and lungs if they are inhaled.

The grant will help the city conduct ambient air monitoring of PM 2.5 pollution. PM 2.5 can be directly emitted from forest fires, or they can form when gases emitted from power plants, industries and automobiles react in the air. If inhaled, these microscopic particles can get deep into the lungs and cause a variety of problems, including premature death in people with heart or lung disease, nonfatal heart attacks, irregular heartbeat, aggravated asthma, decreased lung function, and other respiratory symptoms. Climate action can help reduce forest fires.

The EPA’s recently released reportClimate Change in the United States: Benefits of Global Action, estimates the physical and monetary benefits to the U.S. of reducing global greenhouse gas emissions. This report summarizes results from the Climate Change Impacts and Risks Analysis (CIRA) project, a peer-reviewed study comparing impacts in a future with significant global action on climate change to a future in which current greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise.

The report shows that global action on climate change will significantly benefit Americans by saving lives and avoiding costly damages across the U.S. economy.