Shreveport Louisiana is a polluted city

10 Most Polluted Cities In The United States

With burgeoning economies and expanding human populations, it may not come as a surprise that the US Southwest and Southern California have some of the most polluted cities in the United States. Natural factors like wind currents and topography also play a role in the concentration of air particles, and many of these cities essentially brew "perfect storms" for poor air quality. Many of these areas have been plagued by generation air pollution, although there is hope for the future with increased surveillance and proactive regulation to combat the smog-filled air.

10. Las Cruces, New Mexico

The city of Las Cruces, New Mexico is home to an estimated population of 100,000 people. The poor air quality in the southwestern US community is largely due to high levels of ozone in the air. Ozone is created when carbon dioxide, hydrogen and nitrogen oxides mix in hot temperatures. The air pollution problem in Las Cruces is largely due to factors such as car exhaust, as well as emissions from industrial plants. Elevated ozone levels are a major cause of respiratory problems in the population. Recently, Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima and various other local politicians came together to urge the US government's environmental protection agency to put in place policies to effectively tackle dangerous emissions from the oil and gas industry.

9. Shreveport, Louisiana

The southern town of Shreveport was founded by the Shreve Town Company in 1836. The port city is located on a low hill overlooking the Red River and has long been a hub for land and water transport. Due to its geographic location and humid climate, Shreveport residents are constantly faced with risks associated with natural phenomena such as floods, hurricanes and tornadoes, as well as man-made environmental problems such as pollution. Issues such as air quality, wastewater management, and recycling are handled by the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality. This agency's responsibilities include ambient air monitoring programs that measure ozone, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide and lead across the country. This program gives residents in cities like Shreveport access to daily air quality reports.

8. Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix is ​​the capital of the state of Arizona and is home to a population of approximately one and a half million people. With subtropical, dry climates, the city experiences more than a fraction of the hottest temperatures. Called the "Valley of the Sun", the metropolis of Phoenix has many problems with its air quality. The pollution in the surrounding area is largely due to a high incidence of particles such as dust, soot and aerosols in the air. The Air Quality Division of the Department of Environmental Quality in Arizona has responsibilities such as collecting data, providing forecasting, conducting investigations, investigating complaints, issuing permits, and maintaining routine automotive inspection programs.

7. Madera, California

Called the "Heart of California", it was originally known for its timber industry and takes its name from the Spanish word for wood. In addition to environmental problems such as drought, Madera is also heavily polluted. Madera's poor air quality is exacerbated by the dry hot weather conditions and natural factors that contaminate the air including forest fires and dust storms. Citizens living in dirty air and high smog areas like Madera are at increased risk for a number of adverse diseases including asthma, cancer and birth defects, as well as toxicity in a variety of body organs including the liver, skin, lungs, brain, and kidneys Reproductive system.

6. Hilo, Hawaii

The Hilo community covers 58 square miles and is located on the island of Hawaii. According to the US Census Bureau, Hilo is known as the Census. Geographically, Hilo lies over a funnel-shaped bay and sits on top of two volcanoes. These are Mauna Loa who is active and Mauna Kea asleep. Tourism is a major industry in Hilo, and attractions include the Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii, the Mokupāpapa Discovery Center, the Pacific Tsunami Museum, and the Pana'ewa Rainforest Zoo. Due to the tropical rainforest climate, the poor air quality of the community is mainly due to the influence of Mauna Loa, which regularly creates so-called volcanic smog.

5. Philadelphia

With a population of over one million, Philadelphia is the largest city in the northeastern US state of Pennsylvania. The area is steeped in history and includes landmarks like the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. In recent years, Philadelphia has also become known for its poor air quality, which contains high levels of smog and particulates. Because of this dirty air, residents who already suffer from a variety of pre-existing lung diseases are at increased risk of serious complications. Medical problems like bronchitis, asthma, and emphysema are common problems for people in Philadelphia as well as other high-pollution cities.

4. Fairbanks, Alaska

Fairbanks, Alaska, located in the central region of the state, is known as "The Golden Heart City". With its sub-arctic climate, this northern community lies below the Arctic Circle and south of the tree line. The main source of air pollution in this area is mainly pollution from wood-burning stoves, which release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Because wood is cheaper than other alternatives such as oil and gas, it is a popular source of energy. Organizations like Clean Air Fairbanks were formed to tackle the community's pollution problems by raising awareness and educating local residents about alternative sources of energy and the health hazards of air pollution.

3. Los Angeles, California

The bustling city of Los Angeles is known for many things, most notably for its status as a Mecca for the American entertainment industry. The so-called "City of Angels" boasts the second largest population in the United States and the third largest in North America, with more than 13 million people living in its metropolitan area. Unfortunately, the city also has the unfortunate difference that it has air pollution levels that are among the highest in the country in terms of both ozone and short and long term particulate matter concentrations. According to USA today Los Angeles residents are exposed to high ozone levels an average of 117.7 days per year. Air pollution in Los Angeles comes from emissions from cars and heavy traffic jams, as well as from the area's many oil, gas and electrical systems.

2. San Bernardino, California

As one of the oldest cities in California, San Bernardino occupies an area of ​​approximately 59 square miles in the San Bernardino Valley. The parish takes its name from the Italian priest, missionary and Saint Bernardino of Siena. As in other parts of Southern California, San Bernardino suffers from high levels of air pollution and elevated ozone levels. A 2015 report by the World Health Organization found that over 70% of the state's citizens live in communities with poor air quality. In San Bernardino, man-made factors such as traffic and industrial emissions combine with natural causes such as high temperatures, forest fires, and drought conditions to create an atmosphere of dirty air and noxious respiratory conditions.

1. Fresno, California

Fresno is located in central California in the San Joaquin Valley and is home to about half a million people. Traffic and pollution from industrial sources are just two of the many causes of poor air quality in the community. Citizens who live in the area often suffer from medical conditions such as asthma and chronic bronchitis. Due to the rich agricultural industry, the environment around San Bernadino is also heavily polluted from the use of toxic pesticides and other related materials. Fresno is known for being a diverse area, with a significant portion of the population coming from the African American, Latin American, and Cambodian communities.

Author: Debra Larson

Debra Larson is a 26 year old journalist. Troublemaker. Trailblazer of the journey. Zombie practitioner. Entrepreneur. Evil introvert. TV lover. Would-be explorer.