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What is Air Quality?

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Air quality is the suitability of air for breathing. It is often measured for a city in terms of the levels of ozone, sulfur oxides, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide and particulates in the air. Other air pollutants include volatile organic compounds, toxic metals such as lead and mercury, radioactive pollutants and persistent organic pollutants.

Impact

Poor air quality has both an immediate and long term impact on health. It is also a common quality of life concern.

Air Pollution Episode

A category of weather patterns known as air stagnation can cause air quality to suddenly decline as local or regional sources of pollution accumulate.
This can lead to health emergencies such as the Great London Smog of 1952 that claimed the lives of an estimated 4,000 to 12,000 people. Air pollution episodes can also occur over vast regions such as the 1997 Indonesian forest fires episode, 2005 Malaysian haze episode and 2006 Southeast Asian haze episode.
Overview: Air Quality
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The suitability of air for breathing.
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