New Report Ranks Phoenix 5th Worst Air For Pollution In U.S. As Waffle Forest Plans Tech Forest To Improve Air Quality

American Lung Association ozone air pollution graph from “State Of The Air” report. The 2022 report marks the twenty third 12 months the Association has tracked air air pollution nationwide.

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Artist conception of a person “waffle” with sensible tree expertise

Waffle Forest Founder/CEO Ernest Lerma

Waffle Forest Founder/CEO Ernest Lerma

twenty third American Lung Association ‘State Of The Air’ report reveals 84% of Arizonans dwell in communities receiving failing grades for unhealthy air high quality

Waffle Forest’s plans to plant 10,000 bushes will cut back air air pollution by naturally filtering carbon and nitrogen dioxide, capturing particulates, and producing oxygen.”

— Ernest Lerma

PHOENIX, ARIZONA, UNITED STATES, May 17, 2022 / — The latest “State of the Air” report from the American Lung Association provides the Phoenix space a failing grade, with ozone and particle air pollution ranges among the many highest within the nation. Waffle Forest Founder and CEO Ernest Lerma is working to vary that by planting a forest of “sensible bushes” to scale back carbon and nitrogen dioxide in Maricopa County.

“This new report reveals air high quality within the Phoenix metro space is the fifth worst within the nation on the subject of ozone, and we’re ranked eighth in particulate air pollution,” Lerma reported. “Waffle Forest’s plans to plant 10,000 bushes will cut back air air pollution by naturally filtering carbon and nitrogen dioxide, capturing particulates, and producing oxygen. These bushes may even assist cut back temperatures and provide a inexperienced park-style ambiance in an space that has too many polluting industries and landfills.”

The non-profit group goals to rehabilitate a contaminated former landfill and sort out air air pollution with “sensible bushes” and direct-air-capture expertise. A pilot program utilizing unique patented TreeTalker expertise to measure the air pollution every tree absorbs is being funded by donations from Phoenix companies and people.

“We simply positioned an order for TreeTalkers and plan to get began within the subsequent couple of months with a number of sensible tree installations,” Lerma mentioned. “A TreeTalker is a brand new high-tech gadget that’s connected to every tree and stories knowledge to a devoted server each hour, together with the quantity of carbon absorbed, water utilization, and soil situations. This knowledge will assist us formulate the most effective plan to sort out the issue of air air pollution in Phoenix.”

Lerma’s ambition is to regenerate a former landfill web site by planting a “tech forest” and augmenting its results with direct-air-capture infrastructure to scale back air air pollution within the larger Phoenix metropolitan space. Waffle Forest’s title derives from plans for rows upon rows of 15-by-15-foot-square “sensible tree” installations specified by a waffle sample, utilizing mature native desert species like mesquite, desert willow, southern dwell oak, and palo verde.

“Evidence for the harm air air pollution does to the human physique has been rising quickly. A brand new World Health Organization report present vital hurt is attributable to even low ranges of many air pollution. This new report says excessive every day particle air pollution ranges causes 48,000 untimely deaths within the U.S. every year.” Lerma reported. “Particulate matter is able to penetrating deep into the lungs and getting into the bloodstream, inflicting strokes, coronary heart, and respiratory issues. There is rising proof that particulate matter impacts different organs and causes different ailments as nicely. High ranges of nitrogen dioxide – a constructing block of ozone – results in problem respiratory, is related to bronchial asthma and emphysema, and leads to manner too many hospital admissions and visits to emergency rooms. It’s time to take actual motion to scale back air air pollution in Phoenix.”

The 501(c)3 non-profit group has completely contracted to deploy TreeTalker expertise created by Dr. Riccardo Valentini, PhD., a Nobel Peace Prize winner who serves as chief scientific advisor for the mission. All funding is derived from grants, donations, and “waffle” sponsorship alternatives. To be taught extra about Waffle Forest, go to To make a donation or sponsor a waffle sq., contact Lerma at [email protected]

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