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General Information

AirCompare
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Developed by the U.S. EPA, AirCompare provides local air quality information to help you make informed, health-protective decisions about moving or vacationing.

Spare the Air
Sacramento (CA) Metropolitan Air Quality Management District
Spare the Air is a regional partnership that identifies actions citizens can take when air quality is predicted to be unhealthy and recognizes that clean air is important for the health and well-being of the region.

Climate Change and Global Warming

Climate Change
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Global warming, which is caused mostly by increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, is causing climate patterns to change.  Climate change is significant changes in temperature, precipitation, wind patterns, or other climactic effects, over an extended period of time. 


Primer on Climate Change Science
National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA)
NACAA has published a summary of the most important information on climate change science with the view to answering some of the key questions about this issue.

Health Effects of Air Pollution

Air Quality Index (AQI) - A Guide to Air Quality and Your Health
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
The AQI is an index for reporting daily air quality so citizens can reduce their exposure to poor air quality and learn about the associated health effects that may be concern to them.

Overall Health Effects and Health Effects from Specific Pollutants
Sacramento (CA) Metropolitan Air Quality Management District
An online resource that outlines the symptoms and health effects associated with many common types of air pollution.

Motor Vehicles

Fuel Economy Guide
U.S. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency
This Fuel Economy Guide from the USDOE and the EPA helps consumers make well-informed choices when choosing current model year vehicles based on estimated fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions.

Idling is Fuelish, Anti-Idling/Clean Air Campaign
Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
Turning Off Your Engine Helps Save Fuel, Lives and the Environment! In Connecticut, reducing emissions from idling motor vehicle engines is one of the most important air-quality issues in Connecticut today. Idling is Fuelish and "No Idling" is the law! 

Wood Smoke

Federal, State and Local Wildfire and Wood Smoke Resources
National Association of Clean Air Agencies
Fine particles from wood smoke - whether from wildfires, prescribed burns or residential wood-burning appliances - can cause very serious health problems. To protect the public's health, federal, state, local, and tribal air agencies have developed resources to help citizens make better choices about their health and the environment. A selection of those resources are included here.

 

Burn Wise – Learn Before You Burn
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
EPA’s Burn Wise program is a partnership emphasizing the importance of burning the right wood, the right way, in the right wood-burning appliance to protect your home, health, and the air we breathe.