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I’m holding a satellite-derived map that shows national levels of soot, also known as fine particulate matter (warmer colors equate to higher levels). Soot is perhaps the most dangerous air pollutant to our health, causing tens of thousands of premature deaths every year. We need to work to minimize the amount of deadly soot that is in the air we breathe.

Footnote: Map is from van Donkelaar A, Martin RV, Brauer M, Kahn R, Levy R, Verduzco C, et al. "Global estimates of ambient fine particulate matter concentrations from satellite-based aerosol optical depth: development and application." Environ Health Perspect. 2010;118:847–855.

Clean Air Ambassador | Buffalo, New York

Alan Lockwood

I have a long history of fighting for cleaner air by curtailing coal use and supporting the EPA as manifested by my role as the principal author of the Physicians for Social Responsibility's report Coal's Assault on Human Health and subsequently writing The Silent Epidemic: Coal and the Hidden Threat to Health, published by MIT Press in 2012.

In Buffalo, NY, I live downwind of a large coal plant (Huntley Steam Plant) and Tonowanda Coke, both sources of air pollution that are affecting health. I have also visited numerous other communities affected by coal combustion and coal ash.

As the long-time Co-Chair of the Physicians for Social Responsibility Environment and Health Committee and principal author of PSR's report Coal's Assault on Human Health, I have become increasingly aware of the hazards posed by air pollution. President Obama must ensure the EPA's ability to regulate this air pollution, including carbon dioxide.

As the long-time co-chair of PSR's Environment and Health Committee, I have become increasingly aware of the hazards posed by air pollution. President Obama must ensure the EPA's ability to regulate this air pollution, including carbon dioxide.

50 States United For Healthy Air

Clean air should be a fundamental right. Air pollution causes asthma attacks, lung disease, and even death. But our bodies don't have to be the dumping ground for dirty industries.

The technology to dramatically reduce harmful air pollution is available today, and major polluters should be required to use it.

Clean Air Ambassadors from every state are sending a powerful message: Everyone has a right to breathe clean, healthy air.

It’s time Congress and the EPA used their ears to help our lungs.