Report: Over 50 percent of Americans live with 'unhealthful levels of air pollution'

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Report: Over 50% Of Americans Live With "Unhealthful Levels of Air Pollution"

Breathing the air around you is unavoidable, but depending upon where one lives, the life-essential function could also be a harmful one.

The American Lung Association rounded up data concerning ozone and particle pollution in both the short and long-terms and found over 50% of U.S. inhabitants are subjected to dangerous contaminant levels.

Based on the data gathered between 2012 and 2014 regarding temporary particle pollutant spikes, residents of Bakersfield, California experienced the most hazardous occurrences.

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Report: Over 50 percent of Americans live with 'unhealthful levels of air pollution'
Picture of buildings of the concrete jungle of Mexico City seen through smog on February 14, 2014 from the Latin American Tower.(Photo credit: RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
A general view of the smog covering the Mexico City skyline on March 30, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ Yuri CORTEZ (Photo credit should read YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
A general view of the smog covering the Mexico City skyline on March 30, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ Yuri CORTEZ (Photo credit should read YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
View of heavy traffic in Reforma avenue, one of the main streets of Mexico City, on February 12, 2008. The mayor's office of the Mexican capital is trying to reduce the effects of the high pollution caused by cars by extending the current plan -which bans 20% of the cars (depending on the numberplate for each day) to drive in labour days- to Saturdays. AFP PHOTO/Omar Torres (Photo credit should read OMAR TORRES/AFP/Getty Images)
Mexico City. (Photo By BSIP/UIG Via Getty Images)
Pollution blankets Mexico city against a backdrop of the Ixtcihuatl volcano 18 January 2002. In Mexico City more than 60 000 people died each year from complications related to the pollution, according to environmentalist groups. (Photo credit should read JORGE UZON/AFP/Getty Images)
A view looking south from Mexico City's main avenue Paseo de la Reforma, Tuesday Jan. 2, 1996 shows the volcanos south of the city: Iztacihuatl, left, which means sleeping woman in the indigenous Nauhatl language; and Popocatepetl, which means weeping warrior. A rare combination of low holiday traffic and winter snowstorms made the volcanos visible today and over the New Year weekend. Most of the year the mountains are not visible because of the city's high smog levels.(AP Photo/Joe Cavaretta)
Mexico City's World Trade Center building appears as a silhouette Saturday, Dec. 2, 1995 looking south from the Paseo de La Reforma in downtown. The city has suffered through several days of unusually bad air qualtiy as nighttime temperatures plunge near freezing causing thermal inversions during the day when the sun warms the smog and it gets trapped in the Valley of Mexico, which is surrounded by mountains. A report released by the environmental activist gruop Greenpeace says that air quality levels in Mexico City could be up to three time worse than the government reports. (AP Photo/Joe Cavaretta)
The view looking west down Paseo de la Reforma, Mexico City's main avenue, is reduced to only a few blocks as a choking blanket of smog covered the city Friday, Nov. 17, 1995. The air pollution combined with fog was so thick Friday that the Benito Juarez International Airport had to be closed for several hours due restricted visibility. The monument in the foreground is the Angel of Independence. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Construction workers labor on a high-rise in downtown Mexico City as a haze shrouds other buildings on Monday January 22, 1996. Due to high pollution levels, city authorities have imposed an environmental emergency plan since January 19, making this the fourth day of emergency environmental measures. More than half of all Mexico City car owners are not allowed to drive their cars as a way to bring air pollution levels down.(AP Photo/Claudio Cruz)
MEXICO - JUNE 06: Aerial view of the city's streets and buildings. Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico. (Photo by Stephanie Maze/National Geographic/Getty Images)
MEXICO - MARCH 01: Sunlight tries to break through the smog on a busy street, Mexico City, Mexico (Photo by Stephanie Maze/National Geographic/Getty Images)
General view early morning 7 February, 2007 of Mexico City already covered by a layer of smog. Mexico City is considered as one of the most polluted cities in the world. AFP PHOTO/Ronaldo SCHEMITD (Photo credit should read Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images)
Mexico City, MEXICO: Demonstrators from San Luis Potosi stand protest in front of the Canadian embassy 28 February 2007 in Mexico City against Canadian company Metallica Resources Inc. The company extracts gold and silver from the San Pedro mountain in San Luis Potosi, 400 km from Mexico City, polluting the water in the region, protesters said. AFP PHOTO/Luis ACOSTA (Photo credit should read LUIS ACOSTA/AFP/Getty Images)
Mexico City, Mexico-October 29,2003- One of the aguas negras in Mexico City, a sewage ditch. Juan Manuel Nava Gonzalez, age 20 (left) Gilberto Cano Medina, age 28 (right)(DENVER POST PHOTO BY LYN ALWEIS) (Photo By Lyn Alweis/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Haze obscures the Mexico City skyline Thursday Oct. 23, 1997. The amount of pollution in Mexico City has led authorities to declare strict measures in traffic control and to have taken about 600,000 vehicles out of circulation. (AP Photo/ Jose Luis Magana)
Buildings stand in the Polanco neighborhood as seen in this aerial photograph taken from a helicopter in the Condor Group, a fleet of helicopters operated by the Federal District Secretariat of Public Security, in Mexico City, Mexico, on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. The group provides air support to the population of Mexico City in emergencies, as well as surveillance and traffic monitoring. Photographer: Susana Gonzalez/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Traffic moves down a street in this aerial photo taken during a Red Wings Co. TuriSky helicopter tour of Mexico City, Mexico, on Friday, May 22, 2015. Red Wings Co. is a boutique airline offering executive jet flights and helicopter tours of Mexico City through its TuriSky service, a joint alliance with the ADO Group. Photographer: Susana Gonzalez/Bloomberg via Getty Images
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - AUGUST 13: Heavy traffic fills streets at the end of a workday August 13, 2010 in Mexico City, Mexico. Traffic jams are a big problem in the city. (Photo by Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY - AUGUST 30: Workers from the electrical sector block traffic during a protest against the privatization of the electrical industry 30 August 2002 Mexico City. An estimated 10,000 workers took part in the demonstration. (Photo by Alfredo ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images)
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The city also topped the list dedicated to year-round conditions and came in second for annual ozone pollution, topped only by Los Angeles-Long Beach, California.

Among the top causes of both particulate and ozone pollution is the burning of coal.

The effects can be exacerbated by climate change, as the increased temperatures and weather patterns can lead to wildfires and droughts.

Health hazards presented by particle and ozone pollution include asthma attacks, lung cancer, and developmental issues.

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