Why Is the Air We Breathe Getting Worse?

Sneeze! Wheeze!


The Texas Tribune yesterday published a story that you should read — but only if you live in North Texas and if you breathe air. It only matters to that group of people. Here’s the top-line summary: though we are still way above where the federal government wants us on ozone, for years our levels had been dropping. In 2008, as you can see from the above chart generated from research done at UNT, that trend reversed itself. And the rise in ozone levels has accelerated fastest in parts of North Texas where the most drilling is done. It’s an important story. It’s not that long. Please read it — again, though, only if you live here and breathe air.


  • Chris Chris

    Yes, but think of the jobs. You can always buy new lungs, right?

  • Jim Schermbeck

    Thanks for this shout out. For a slide show that covers the past 20 years of air quality planning in DFW, as well as offers specific strategies to finally get us safe and legal air, you can check out a Downwinders’ presentation to the regional air committee on June 16th that was the (cough, cough, unacknowledged) basis of a lot of the Trib’s information: http://www.nctcog.org/trans/air/committees/CloseEnoughIsntGoodEnough.pdf