12 Oct '17, 7pm

Hold Your Breath: The Bay Area's Air Quality Is Worse Than Beijing, Athens, or Mexico City

People are commuting to work wearing protective masks, and the air across the Bay Area has an ugly, almost tactile, sheen. Scattered reports indicates ash falling from the skies in San Francisco, as the ongoing fires in the North Bay turned our air quality terrible. It’s really bad. So, we turned to the data to see just how bad it actually is. The answer: Our air quality is awful. Shockingly awful. Think, industrial center in the developing world awful. It makes Athens look pristine, Mexico City like a garden, and Beijing like it was engulfed in pure mountain air. San Francisco was expected to reach 180 on the Environmental Protection Agency’s air quality index. Much of the Bay Area was forecasted to achieve similar numbers today. You can find those numbers here . That’s a concentration of 111.6 µg/m3 of particulate matter less than 2.5 microns in width, according to the E...

Full article: https://modernluxury.com/san-francisco/story/hold-your-br...

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