Off and On: Air is filled with more than pollen

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By Ralph Damiani

Been sneezing lately? Eyes a bit watery? Nose a bit irritated?

Well, it could just be that it is more than the pollen that is flying about that is causing you distress.

According to two Associated Press stories, there is more flying in the air in this part of the world than dust.

San Juan County ranks No. 6 on a list of U.S. counties with the highest carbon dioxide emissions in a study published in a scientific journal.

And coal-fired power plants and other pollution sources in the Four Corners area could boost smog levels past federal limits in New Mexico and southwest Colorado this summer, government officials and environment and health care managers warn.

The 10 worst counties for carbon dioxide emissions, according to the study, are as follows:

• Harris, Texas (Houston);

• Los Angeles, Calif.;

• Cook, Ill. (Chicago);

• Cuyahoga, Ohio (Cleveland);

• Wayne, Mich. (Detroit);

• San Juan, N.M. (Farmington);

• Santa Clara, Calif. (San Jose);

• Jefferson, Ala. (Birmingham);

• Wilcox, Ala. (Camden); and

• East Baton Rouge, La. (Baton Rouge).

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