Monday, September 13, 2010

At least we're not Johnstown

I was mostly caught by this map which some place called the "Clean Air Task Force" has put together as a composite picture of the nation labeled as a US Picture of Risk from Power Plant Pollution.

Their ranking of risk by metro area is online here. No we are not on top, but let's just say there is a Western Pennsylvania and environs theme to it.  In fact, our friends at the Power of 32 may note that I think all top 10 regions on that list are coterminus or touching the 32 county area centered around Pittsburgh.

the map from here looks like this: 

but hey... awfully clean air in Flagstaff.


Blogger joe said...

Things are getting better though, yes?

"This is almost half the impact that our 2004 study found and is reflective of the impact that state and federal actions have had in reducing power plant emissions by roughly half. However, much more still needs to be done."

Half is good.

Need a time series animation of that map (getting lighter, ever so slightly).

Also, according to that report, across PA fine particular pollution is related to 1,016 hospital admissions and 2,298 heart attacks.

Someone could design a grad seminar around that Abt report on the modeling (or maybe just an aging salon).

Monday, September 13, 2010 8:36:00 PM  

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