Ever wonder why so many kids in your child’s class seem to have asthma? Are there days the school moves recess indoors due to air pollution? As those of us with chronic illness realize, chemical insensitivities can lead to many health problems now & down the road.
USA Today has created a great tool for parents to use & it takes less than 10 seconds. I just put in my son’s school & found it is in the 68th percentile (rather good actually). USA Today uses Google Maps & lots of data to track toxic air pollution outside 128,000 USA schools to create this site, The Smokestack Effect. The site is packed with everything you can think of regarding clean air (or dirty air) & schools.
Each school is given a national rank in comparison to other schools. You can enter the name of any school to see its details or select a particular state to see all its schools.
In addition, there are detailed listings of each school that shows just how badly the exposure is to cancer-causing toxins & other toxic chemicals. You can also find out what top chemicals that are most responsible for toxicity outside the school.
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