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What's the problem?
The two biggest air quality problems in North Carolina are ground-level ozone (the main ingredient in "smog") and particle pollution. Both pollutants are caused mainly by emissions from cars and trucks, and from the coal-burning power plants that supply most of our electricity. On many days in 2008 in our urban areas, the air was "unhealthy" to breathe for some or all people because of these pollutants. Smoke from outdoor burning and wildfires also contributes significantly to ozone and particle pollution.
Even with cleaner cars and other new technology, our air could get worse as our population grows, endangering our health and reducing our quality of life. The good news is that by being mindful of our daily activities, we can make a few simple changes to help us all breathe easier.