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Code Orange smog alert issued for Tuesday
by Neighbor Staff
August 03, 2015 05:22 PM | 126 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Georgia Commute Options, a program of the Georgia Department of Transportation, Monday announced it has issued a Code Orange smog alert for Tuesday. A Code Orange alert means the air is unhealthy for sensitive groups, like older adults, children and those who suffer from heart or lung conditions (including asthma). This is metro Atlanta’s fourth Code Orange for the 2015 smog season.
Smog alerts are color-coded based on the air quality index which categorizes air quality in Green, Yellow, Orange, Red and Purple based on concentration of pollutants. Georgia Commute Options provides smog alerts on days when there’s a forecast for air pollution to reach unhealthy concentration levels — Code Orange or higher. Metro Atlanta residents can subscribe to these at In 2014, there were 11 smog alerts — nine Code Orange ones and two Code Purple (very unhealthy) ones.
How can residents help prevent smog alerts?
There are three main types of pollution: nitrogen oxides (NOXs), particulate matter/particle pollution, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These are all mostly man-made and come from vehicle emissions. When VOCs and NOXs are combined with heat and sunlight (mostly during the summer), we get ground-level ozone. When ground-level ozone is mixed with particulate matter, we get smog. The majority of air pollution comes from tailpipes, so when you choose to share the ride, one is helping everyone breathe a little easier.
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