Most people head to national parks around the country to take in the wonders of nature and enjoy breathing in plenty of fresh air. However, clean air is one aspect of visiting a park that is being challenged at Devils Postpile National Monument in California.
According to a recent study published in the journal Atmospheric Environment, research shows air pollution from forest fires as well as nearby industrial plants and vehicle emissions have lowered the air quality at the national monument.
"These findings are important for Sierra Nevada air and land managers and indicate that even at remote eastern Sierra locations, ozone air pollution may be a problem for human and ecosystem health," said Dr. Andrzej Bytnerowicz, the study's lead author. "Due to these potential risks, there is a need for long-term ozone monitoring in the Sierra Nevada in general, but especially in the areas with high local population and many summer recreational visitors."
This study, along with other information gathered by the American Lung Association, shows more needs to be done to help lower air pollution levels stateside. According to the American Lung Association, nearly 50 million Americans live in counties with frequent spikes in particle pollution levels.
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