A couple days ago it was Earth Day. It's not a day you have to be some sort of tree-hugging hippy to be mindful of, not that there's anything wrong with that, but should be more of a day we all consider in some way. Since we have no place to go if we screw this planet up beyond all recognition, we might appreciate what we have a bit more.

But it turns out, over a three year period of testing, good old Bangor, Maine has some of the cleanest air in all of the U.S. We're also in good company. Other cities with exceptional air quality were Honolulu, Hawaii; Wilmington, North Carolina; and Burlington, Vermont.

Whereas other cities didn't fare so well at all. If you live in Fairbanks, Alaska; Yakima, Washington; Las Vegas, Nevada; Phoenix, Arizona; Spokane, Washington; or any of these California cities -- Chico, Salinas, Redding and Santa Maria... then you're bumming. These places had the worst of all during the same test.

So what defines clean air in this case? It means there no high ozone or high particle pollution days during the three year period the study was conducted, according to CNN. Right now that's a great thing. Since we're under attack from a virus that directly affects breathing, at least the air quality isn't making it worse.

Ironically though, the one silver lining from all the quarantining is that with the lack of people on the road and in the streets, air quality and pollution in general seems to be down significantly around the globe. But we have hard science telling us how clean and awesome we are. So yay us!!

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