Islanders like to think our air is 'clean' because the tradewinds blow everything 'away.'
But what comes (and goes) on the tradewinds?
How much of China's coal dust do we get, and who get's the soot from our cane fires?
Turns out, Kauai's level of PM-2.5 (the microscopic particles that cause most respiratory problems) ranks us in the 40th percentile on a 'clean-to-dirty' spectrum among U.S. counties.
Duh! It's the same air, the same ocean, the same planet...
If we're looking for that 'away' place where we 'throw' things, it's here, too.