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How Did Houston Fare in the Annual ‘State of the Air’ Report?

Recently, the American Lung Association released the results of its 17th annual State of the Air report. It’s a national air quality grade and ranking of metro regions across the nation. It looks at two outdoor air pollutants: ozone pollution and particle pollution. According to the findings, Houston is the 15th most air-polluted city in […]

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Recently, the American Lung Association released the results of its 17th annual State of the Air report. It's a national air quality grade and ranking of metro regions across the nation. It looks at two outdoor air pollutants: ozone pollution and particle pollution.

According to the findings, Houston is the 15th most air-polluted city in the U.S. However, Houston’s air quality is improving, according to JoAnna Strother, the Regional Director of Public Policy for the American Lung Association in the Southwest. She explains the improvements to Houston Matters producer Edel Howlin.

Then we discuss what local efforts are underway to improve air quality with Loren Raun, Chief Environmental Scientist for the City of Houston, as well as research faculty at Rice University.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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