U.S. Embassy San Jose is joining the worldwide initiative AirNow that provides real time data on air quality via the website https://www.airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=airnow.global_summary.
The U.S. Embassy has recently installed an air quality device that measures air quality in order to protect our health and contribute to air monitoring efforts by scientists and the Costa Rican government.
This is a program developed with the U.S. Environment Protection Agency (EPA), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), other U.S. government agencies, and universities that make up the global scientific community.
Air pollution is a serious and growing health threat worldwide, yet in many areas, real-time air quality data is unavailable. Thanks in large part to the Clean Air Act, the United States is a global leader in air quality policy, science, and technology. These monitoring systems allow U.S. states and tribal groups to demonstrate compliance with the United States’ scientifically-based U.S. air quality standards.