(Cough) Forbes Ranks Baltimore One of Top Dirtiest Cities (Again)

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Once again clever energy expert Christopher Helman at Forbes.com has compiled a list of the top 20 dirtiest cities* in America — highlighting big towns with higher levels of ozone and air-borne particulates, and particularly nasty contaminated tap water — and once again Baltimore makes the unpleasant cut. But it’s not quite as bleak as last year…In 2011, Helman ranked us number 16, in a clogged cluster with D.C. and North Virginia. This year, we’re down to number 18 as a stand-alone spot.

“Baltimore’s long history of industrial production has polluted the Patapsco River and Chesapeake Bay with PCBs, arsenic, mercury and phosphorus from chicken processing plants. Coal power plants hurt air quality,” writes Helman.


Top filthiest cities for 2012: Fresno, CA, Bakersfield, CA, Philly, PA, Bridgeport, CT, Modesto, CA.

*Helman and his research team considered poor-air-and-water-quality-listed cities in the U.S. with a population of 500,000 or more — they analyzed EPA data and the American Lung Association’s annual State of the Air report…plus “other sources.”

So what are you doing to help us clean up our eco act, reader? Tell us any related thoughts below!

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  1. Tip to clean the air: One of the easiest actions to take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions & pollution is to buy green electricity.

    To switch your electricity supplier through BGE, choose either Clean Currents, Washington Gas & Energy or CQI’s “wind plans” and all 3 offer kilowatt rates LOWER than BGE.

    A Maryland family’s greenhouse gases breakdown like this: Cars 50%, electricity 24%, natural gas 22% and trash 4% (the stuff we can control from our domicile.)

    Switching to green electricity means you can choose wind-generated, zero-emission electricity and in 2-3 minutes on the ‘net–CUTY 24% OF YOUR GREENHOUSE GASES and help B’More clean it’s air.

    It’s no big deal, it works seamlessly, you’ll notice no change, BGE still owns the lines to your house and you’ll save cash.

    Happy holidays.
    Laurel Peltier at greenlaurel.com
    [email protected]

    greenlaurel.com is a Maryland-focused “eco-glancer” for super-busy busy people. 4 bullet points each month on one important green topic and useful steps to change and why it matters.


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