Poor air quality a 'perfect storm' for health problems on Colorado's Western Slope

On the Western Slope, the Grand Junction area experienced 64 days of elevated air pollution, while Durango experienced 62 days and Glenwood Springs and Gunnison County each experienced 55 days.

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John creates content for the Environment America state groups. He was previously the transportation advocate for U.S. PIRG and MASSPIRG. John has co-authored multiple reports and numerous op-eds on transportation issues ranging from increased public transit to electrified vehicles to how e-bikes can help us tackle climate change. John lives in Boston with his wife, who works as a nurse at Boston Children's Hospital. They enjoy biking, surfing and eating.

Just how dirty was Colorado's air in 2020?

On the Western Slope, the Grand Junction area experienced 64 days of elevated air pollution, while Durango experienced 62 days and Glenwood Springs and Gunnison County each experienced 55 days. These were the findings of the 2021 edition of the "Trouble in the Air" report, released by Environment Colorado Research & Policy Center on Oct. 20. Air pollution, much of which results from burning fossil fuels and from wildfires, increases the risk of premature death, asthma attacks and cancer.

“Even one day of breathing in polluted air is dangerous for our health,” said Rex Wilmouth, Environment Colorado's senior program director. “Fifty-five to 64 days is unacceptable and we need to do more to deliver cleaner air for our communities.”

Environment Colorado and our national network are advocating a wide array of solutions to the problem, including clean, renewable energy and cleaner transportation.

 

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John Stout
Content Creator

Author: John Stout

Content Creator

Started on staff: 2020
B.A., Pomona College

John creates content for the Environment America state groups. He was previously the transportation advocate for U.S. PIRG and MASSPIRG. John has co-authored multiple reports and numerous op-eds on transportation issues ranging from increased public transit to electrified vehicles to how e-bikes can help us tackle climate change. John lives in Boston with his wife, who works as a nurse at Boston Children's Hospital. They enjoy biking, surfing and eating.