urban air initiative
Every day, we breathe harmful toxins from gasoline. These emissions cause heart disease, cancer and are connected to issues for our children like asthma and even autism. A majority of these emissions can be avoided and our health improved by changing the way gasoline is blended.
Urban Air Initiative works on technical research, improving public policy, and education to expose the health threats caused by harmful compounds in gasoline. But at this point, we’re focused on a solution. Our solution – fix our fuel. Our research has determined that adding more ethanol to gasoline will replace these harmful compounds, reducing tailpipe and greenhouse gas emissions while improving air quality. By advocating for the use of this safer and readily available alternative, we can fix our fuel and improve the quality of the air we breathe.
The cold hard facts
It's easy to overlook the fuel we fill our tanks with every day.
But when you break it down, the truth can be staggering.
20-30% of each gallon of gasoline you put in your car is comprised of harmful aromatics such as Benzene, Toluene and Xylene.
Almost half of all Americans are exposed to unhealthy levels of air pollution daily.
Exposure to UFPs (ultra-fine particles) increases your risk of stroke by as much as 34%.