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Additional Resources for Teaching Children About Air Pollution

Many of these links leave the DEC website. Most links are labeled with the abbreviated name of the organization that posted the linked page:

  • United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • New York State Department of Health (DOH)
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Acid Rain

Acid Rain

Air Quality

Air Quality Index (AQI)
About Ozone
Fine Particulate Matter Monitoring


EPA: Learn about Asbestos and Where It Is Found
EPA: Information for Managers of Buildings Containing Asbestos
DOH: Guide to Asbestos Abatement in Homes

Benzene, Dioxins, and Other Toxic Air Contaminants

EPA: Overview of Hazardous Air Pollutants
EPA: Brief Fact Sheets about Individual Hazardous Air Pollutants
EPA: National Air Toxics Assessment (NATA)
EPA: Overview of Rules about Hazardous Air Pollutants, and Their Implementation
DOH: New York State Health Advice (by Region) on Eating Fish You Catch
CDC: 2009 National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals (data updated in 2019)

Carbon Monoxide (CO)

EPA: Carbon Monoxide Pollution in the Outdoors
EPA: Carbon Monoxide and Indoor Air Quality
EPA: A Room-by-Room Visual Guide to Indoor Air Pollution Sources
EPA: Carbon Monoxide Trends
DOH: Hazard Alert: Carbon Monoxide


EPA: Learn About Lead
DOH: Lead Poisoning and How to Prevent It
CDC: The CDC's Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
Monroe Co., NY: Greater Rochester's Lead Poisoning Prevention Program


Managing Mercury in Air
EPA: Basic Information about Mercury
DOH: New York State Health Advice (by Region) on Eating Fish You Catch
FDA: Benefits and Dangers of Eating Fish (including Best & Worst Options)

Nitrogen Oxides (NOx)

EPA: Learn about Nitrogen Dioxide
CDC: Nitrogen Oxides and Your Health


DEC: About Ozone
EPA: Ground-Level Ozone Pollution
EPA: Ozone Trends
DOH: Ozone Fact Sheet

Particulate Matter (PM)

EPA: Learn about Particulate Matter Pollution
EPA: Particulate Matter (PM-10) Trends
DOH: Fine Particles (PM-2.5) Questions and Answers
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency: Fine Particles and Human Health

Refrigerant Chemicals (such as Freon)

EPA: Ten Questions to Ask Before You Use Alternative Refrigerants

Sulfur Dioxide (SOx)

EPA: Learn about Sulfur Dioxide
CDC: ToxFAQs for Sulfur Dioxide

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