Climate Change Threatens to Set Back Improvements in CA’s Air Quality, Report Finds

As reported in April, 2014, in the Los Angeles Times, “Climate change and extreme weather could set back decades of improvement in California’s air quality, a new report by the state’s pollution control officers says. A higher number of extreme heat days from global warming will boost smog formation and increase severe wildfires that release harmful smoke into the air, according to an annual report released Wednesday by the California Air Pollution Control Officers’ Association.” While the report details the significant progress California has made in cleaning its air, the report highlights the fact that the “state still faces significant obstacles to cleaning its air. Thirteen basins in California did not meet federal standards for ozone in 2013, the report says. And two of the nation’s most polluted basins, in Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley, are far from making it off that list.” To read the Times article, click here. The Association’s report is also available online.