Study: Almost half of Americans breathing unhealthy, polluted air

NBC News reports a new study by the American Lung Association has found about 44 percent of Americans are “living in communities where the air can be dangerous to breathe.” Even still, “the group’s ‘State of the Air 2015’ report card, released on Wednesday, noted most of the nation has much cleaner air than even a decade ago, with the eastern half of the country making the most progress.”

“We’ve seen great improvement in year-round particle levels — that’s the day-in and day-out amount of soot that’s in the atmosphere,” Janice Nolen, assistant vice president for national policy at the American Lung Association, told TODAY.

“In many ways, it’s encouraging, but there are still challenges that remain.”

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