Earth Calendar for August 5th and August 6th
Hot, sunny summer days produce just the right conditions for formation of ground-level ozone, created when sunlight sets off a chemical reaction between oxygen and pollution emitted from cars, refineries and power and chemical plants.
Ground-level ozone aggravates the respiratory system and can cause coughing, chest pain and an irritated throat. In addition, long term exposure to ozone can reduce lung function which can make breathing shallow and uncomfortable and cause inflammation of lungs.Some people are more susceptible to damaging effects of ozone than others. Kids, the elderly and people with asthma are most vulnerable. Ozone can also worsen symptoms in people with diseases such as bronchitis, emphysema and congestive heart failure. However, when ground-level ozone levels are high, even healthy individuals can experience breathing problems. Being aware of air pollution is a good idea for everyone who spends time outdoors in the warmer months and is especially important if you are physically active outside. The Air quality index can tell you how clean-or polluted the air is in your area. Developed by the EPA, the AQI index calculates levels of 5 major types of air pollution; ozone, particulate matter, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide.Being aware of AQI levels can help reduce the risk of health problems associated with air pollution. The EPA maintains a site with general information about air pollution and forecast air quality data at the website to check air quality in your area.
On Our Calendar: Mud Mania returns to Rentschler Forest MetroPark- Cummins Shelter and it’s bigger and better than ever! This FREE family-friendly mud obstacle is great for all ages! This year there will be new features including a Mud Slide and a Rope Climb and there will be a Mini Mud area for the little ones. Friday, August 9th, 10:30am – 1:30pm. More information at the website.