Welcome to OzoneInformation.Com. This site is dedicated to ground-level ozone education. Our goal is to present a well balanced site of information that may not be normally distributed by media or governmental sites.
Because Texas has one of the best state ozone websites in the country, OzoneInformation.Com contains a lot of ozone reports from Texas. However, much of the data can be applied to any city in the world that is experiencing ozone problems.
The founder of this site is Mark Langford, an asthmatic, who has had an interest in weather related science for most of his life. Over the past fifteen years he has been active in learning the true roots of high ozone events in San Antonio, Texas, where he lives. Mark is a past member of San Antonio's Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG) Air Advisory Committee where he was able to have access to detailed modeling of ozone events. For most cities, 70-80% of the recorded ozone is due to transported ozone precursors (biogenic and anthropogenic) as modeled by the EPA and AACOG. Mark has learned that many cities across the U.S. are being unfairly penalized for air quality problems that are not their own. There are many times when ozone is almost as high in small towns and parks as our heavily populated cities.
Since automobile emissions are 80-90% less than forty years ago according to the EPA, Mark believes that automobile emissions do not play as large of a role in ozone production as many people currently think. Based on Mark's own research, transported pollution from "old technology" coal fire plants in the USA, nearby oil and gas drilling production, pollution from as far away as China, smoke from agricultural fires or forest fires and natural volatile organic compounds being emitted from vegetation appear to be the main triggers for these events.
This site will share links to studies and other information for those who are studying ground level ozone. All information presented here is from local, state or national scientific sources.
Check out my blog for more information on my findings and observations...
Compared to 1970 vehicle models, new cars, SUVs and pickup trucks are roughly 99 percent cleaner for common pollutants (hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides and particle emissions), while Annual Vehicle Miles Traveled has dramatically increased.