California Has Worst Air Quality in the U.S.

By Ginny Harman

A new report indicates that California has the worst air pollution of any state in the country.

The American Lung Association’s State of the Air 2017 report on air pollution says California has the highest ozone levels of any state. The study was done analyzing levels of ozone and particle pollution in counties across the country.

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According to the report, more than 90 percent of Californians live in counties affected by unhealthy air during certain parts of the year, with Los Angeles-Long Beach, Bakersfield, and Fresno-Madera, having the worst smog levels in the entire country. Riverside and San Bernardino Counties received an ‘F’ grade for ozone levels and particle pollution as well.

Riverside and San Bernardino Counties received an ‘F’ grade for ozone levels and particle pollution as well.

While California is known for its environmental efforts, there is still a lot of work to be done.

Earlier this month, California Governor Jerry Brown signed an agreement with China to work together on reducing emissions and expanding trade, with an emphasis on green technologies.

“Nobody can stay on the sidelines,” Brown told The Associated Press, via CBS News. “We can’t afford any dropouts in the tremendous human challenge to make the transition to a sustainable future.  Disaster still looms, and we’ve got to make the turn.”

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