In New Orleans, pollutants (often called smog) and pollen can cause bad air quality. Some people experience respiratory health problems caused by bad air quality. Sunlight and lack of wind can trap pollutants in an area, causing health effects to worsen. The Environmental Protection Agency monitors air quality every day across the country. If air quality is harmful here, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality will call an "Air Action Day."
Air Quality Index: daily report on air quality - see today's air quality index in New Orleans
Air Action Day: called when air quality index is unhealthy
Sensitive groups: people who are more sensitive to air quality include:
- Active children and adults
- Elderly people
- People with respiratory diseases, like asthma