A major new study of the problems that have afflicted the island of Hawaii has found air conditioning installations are failing, a report says.
“In some areas, the air quality has deteriorated significantly,” said lead author Peter Karp, a senior researcher at the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Department of Environmental and Environmental Sciences.
“And these areas are getting worse every year.”
The researchers used data from the state’s air monitoring systems, which have been continuously monitored since 1990.
The data showed that at least three out of every four air conditioners installed on Hawaii’s islands have failed in the last 12 months.
Karp said the problem was caused by a combination of poor maintenance, bad air quality and poor maintenance procedures, including failing air filters and improperly connected ductwork.
“The air quality is worsening, the water quality is deteriorating,” he said.
“It’s an ongoing problem, but there are signs that it’s beginning to improve.” “
The study is based on data from more than 60 air conditioner units installed between 2005 and 2013. “
It’s an ongoing problem, but there are signs that it’s beginning to improve.”
The study is based on data from more than 60 air conditioner units installed between 2005 and 2013.
“If you look at the data, the problem is not getting worse, it’s getting worse,” Karp told ABC News.
“We’ve got to take some action now.”
“This is not going away,” said John McAfee, a professor at the California Institute of Technology’s School of Engineering.
“This issue is a ticking time bomb.
It’s going to explode, and it’s going, and eventually, the damage will be irreversible.”
Hawaii has had severe air quality problems for decades.
In 2000, the state ranked among the worst in the country for ozone, particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide levels, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The latest study was the first to look at air quality on the island state, which has about 1.5 million residents and has suffered from poor air quality for decades, including a decades-long cooling trend.
It found that between 2008 and 2014, the number of air condition units on the islands dropped by about 4,000.
“At the beginning of this year, we’re going to have a huge reduction in the number, the intensity of the problem,” Kars told ABCNews.com.
“What we’re seeing is the number and intensity of problems are getting smaller, the quality of the air is getting better.
It doesn’t have to be this way.”
McAfee said that while air pollution problems have long plagued Hawaii, the situation is particularly severe because of the state state’s isolation.
“I’m not going to say it’s a national problem, it just seems like it’s something that’s occurring here in Hawaii,” McAfee told ABC.com, adding, “It makes me really sad to see that a state with such an abundance of water, which provides so much of our water and the resources that we depend on for our survival is in such a crisis.”
The Hawaii Department of Transportation says air quality in Honolulu is improving.
“Air quality has improved in Honolulu, but it’s still very much a problem,” said spokeswoman Lorie Stokes.
“As we continue to work closely with our partners at the state and local level, we are hopeful that we can quickly and effectively address air quality issues on the entire island of Oahu.”