BALTIMORE, Md. (WUSA9) -- The alarming surprise for us here is that Maryland has the highest death rate from air pollution than any other, state according to a new study from MIT.
If you, or someone you know has Asthma -- or COPD -- you know what a struggle it can be to breathe when air pollution gets bad, and for some, that pollution is deadly.
On line videos of potentially lethal asthma attacks -- the most acute -- immediate and scary effects that can be triggered by air pollution, which can be particularly severe in our region during the summer.
Now researches at MIT have crunched the numbers, matching population data against maps of particularly severe pollution outbreaks and finding that Maryland has the highest death rate due to air pollution of any State. A Contributing factor in the premature deaths of 113 of every 100,000 people.
Part of Maryland's problem, a small, densely populated state , breathing other people's pollution along with its own. A pollution map shows the effects of being downwind of auto emissions from D.C. and northern Virginia on just one bad day in July
The MIT study accounts for illnesses of all types, not just asthma or COPD. The MIT study relies on data going back to 2005 and state environmental officials point out strict new emissions regulations have gone into effect since then.
But air pollution doesn't recognize state boundaries and it appears Maryland is paying the price more than others.