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Air Quality In Chicago Is Dangerously Low Today

By Mae Rice in News on Jul 27, 2016 5:32PM

Photo of a smoggy Chicago skyline via Flicker user Ken Lund

Try to do most of your breathing indoors today? The National Weather Service has issued a Wednesday air quality alert for Chicago. Look forward to pollution levels high enough to harm people with asthma, and others especially sensitive to air quality.

The NWS recommends that people with any form of heart and lung disease, as well as "active children and adults," avoid spending too much time outside today.

The NWS also recommends that Chicagoans reduce their emissions as much as possible today. The federal Environmental Protection Agency has a list of tips on how to do that—you could, for instance, take public transit instead of driving, or replace a few of your lightbulbs with energy-saving ones.

And luckily, this is just a one-day warning, in effect until midnight. According to Clean Air Illinois, the air quality forecast for Thursday is totally fine.