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New York's Air Quality Index improves over New Year's weekend

New Yorkers and Americans everywhere have something besides last weekend's unseasonably warm temperatures to feel good about at the start of 2011 - the daily Air Quality Index (AQI), or Air Pollution Index (API), for New York City improved significantly over New Year's weekend, rising two levels following the AQI Standard.

According to the U.K.'s Independent, New York's AQI went from being designated as "unhealthy for sensitive groups" on December 31st to the top rating of "good" on January 3, surpassing the "moderate" category.

Mexico City was the one other location reported to have made such a transition, while San Francisco was the only other American city mentioned by the news source and remained at its rating of "moderate."

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