My kids were in preschool when I found out there was an air quality alert above RED. Since they have allergy-related asthma, we had to be aware of when the air quality was poor. I thought air quality had improved, with fewer RED days. In fact, last year there were none! It's encouraging to find out that my instincts are backed by data. Small changes add up!
"The reason is simple: environmental regulations at the local, state and federal levels, says Steve Walz, director of environmental programs at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. These include everything from low-VOC paints that give off fewer fumes, to improved energy efficiency, to car inspections."