Q: Is the dust the blows over from China dangerous to the health of Americans?
A: According to the EPA, pollution wafting into the United States accounts for 30% of the nationís ozone. There is satellite evidence that dust from China does migrate at least as far as the Western United States. Any type of pollution is bad for the environment and can potentially have negative consequences for human health. Helping China with pollution control measures is an important aspect of US policy; however, America still has quite a ways to go in terms of its own output.
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