Cleaner Cars Help Kids Breathe Better Outdoors
March 24, 2013

I want kids to get out in nature so they can enjoy all its benefits. Not so they will suffer extra lung damage.

But the truth is, in our polluted world, even the air we breathe can contain invisible dangers. And activities like hiking, which should be healthy, can actually make the problem worse. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) categorizes children and adults who are active outdoors as people who are “sensitive” to ground-level ozone because exercising outside causes us to breathe in polluted air faster and more deeply than other people.

The solution is not to stop exercising or to stay indoors. Instead, we need to look at what makes the air so bad for us to breathe and what we can do about it.

Reducing Tailpipe Pollution
One culprit is the pollution that comes from cars and trucks. Although the newer vehicles on our roads are cleaner and more efficient than in the past, the regulations on vehicle emissions haven’t been updated since 1999.

The EPA has drafted new standards, not yet formally proposed, that would reduce nitrogen oxides, organic compounds, and particulates from our exhaust pipes. And these rules wouldn’t just affect new cars: They also would reduce sulfur in gasoline. With less sulfur in the gas we buy, all vehicles with pollution control systems will run more efficiently, meaning an immediate drop in smog-forming pollutants from existing cars.

Advocates say that adopting the new standards would reduce air pollution as much as taking 33 million cars off the road, yet increase the cost of gasoline by only about a penny a gallon.

Some doctors see such changes as a clear public health need. Consider the sober words of a 2009 article on children and asthma, published in a supplement to Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics: “Because the evidence indicates significant adverse effects of air pollution at current levels, there is clearly a need to reduce levels of regulated pollutants such as ozone, as well as unregulated pollutants in tailpipe emissions from motor vehicles. Achieving this long-term goal requires the active involvement of physicians and medical providers to ensure that the health of children is at the top of the list of competing priorities for regulatory policy decision-making.”

Other Steps
Advocating for strong federal standards that would reduce pollution is one good step to protect kids’ lungs. Here are a few other ideas I’ve adapted from the Pediatrics article, which range from national and local policies to behaviors you can adopt at home:

  • Invest in public transit.
  • Build bicycle and walking paths.
  • Forbid idling of school buses.
  • Carpool.
  • Walk, bicycle, or take public transit instead of a car.
  • Avoid walking along streets with heavy traffic, when possible.
  • Pay attention to the air quality forecast in your area and reduce outdoor activity when air quality is bad.

April 7, 2013 (2)
Here are the basics that she recommends to help children avoid getting lost and to make it easier to find them safely and quickly if they do stray.
May 25, 2013 (1)
Dawna Blackstone was born and raised in the Greenville area of Maine, where her dad was a game warden, and she’s never wandered too far from its woods and waters.

By: Guest
Posted: 07/11/2017 07:06

It is an unavoidable thing to clean your car regularly. My child got some kind of Asma related disease because of not cleaning my car properly. Good to share this here!!

Beth McClure
Easy Way To Increase Website Traffic Easily Is Here

Report this »

By: Guest
Posted: 06/12/2017 08:19

Nowadays people are really worried about the health of their kids. The environment was totally polluted and we can’t see any fresh air to take and this was very much harmful for children. We must give our child to enjoy all the benefits of nature. For that our environment should be clean. Charcoal mask

Report this »

By: Guest
Posted: 06/09/2017 05:53

It is very disturbing to read how such polluted air around us affect our children. We should look at what makes the air so bad for us to breathe and what we can do about it places that delivery near me. Attempts by every single person can bring a huge change.  

Report this »

By: Guest
Posted: 04/24/2017 01:08

best dac amp combo  A portable USB DAC primarily serves as a compact headphone amplifier for your computer. You can also use it to connect your computer to a stereo system.


Report this »

By: Guest
Posted: 02/23/2017 04:05

Cleaner cars help kids breathe better outdoors. Companies who made cars must keep in mind that point and made cars polution free. Cars who left the smoke is very dangerous for everyone especially for the kids. Due to it kids have breathe related health problem. Actually, I try to buy an essay papers online and i thought it's very serious issue and such cars should be banned as soon as possible.

Report this »

Get outdoor tips & trips
Yes, I want to receive expert advice on getting my family outside!


Tip of the Day

Look for signs of life in streams, ponds, puddles, or vernal pools. Local nature centers often offer trips to seasonal vernal pools.

© 2017 Appalachian Mountain Club | 5 Joy Street, Boston, MA, 02108
About | Privacy Policy | Contact Us