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 five years he has been active in learning the true roots of high ozone events in San Antonio, Texas, where he lives. By studying rural and urban ozone monitor information, along with expensive computer modeling being funded by cities like San Antonio, Mark has learned that many cities across the U.S. are being unfairly penalized for air quality problems that are not their own.
When your area is having a high ozone event, please check the ozone readings from small towns and rural areas using the "current ozone levels" section of this site. 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, pollution from as far away as China, smoke from crop burnings 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.
Don't forget that ozone is actually a natural way of cleansing our air and protecting us from harmful UV-b radiation. As ground level ozone is formed, it eliminates nitrogen oxide gases (NOx). NOx is emitted from coal burning power plants, motor vehicles, industrial plants and any type of agricultural or forest fire. High levels of ozone in the lower atmosphere only form when there are high levels of pollution. In the upper atmosphere, stratospheric ozone protects all life from harmful UV-b radiation.