Los Angeles and San Joaquin Valley cities consistently rank among the worst in the nation for air quality. In neighborhoods across Southern California, millions of people are exposed to levels of smog and soot pollution so dangerous that it may be unsafe even for a healthy person to go outside. Partnering with conservation, health, and community groups, Earthjustice is pressuring the EPA and state regulators to do their jobs and give citizens the clean air they deserve and have a legal right to breathe.
Bad air quality is coming from energy use and production. Burning fossil fuels releases gases and chemicals into the air. Air pollution not only contributes to climate change but it also exacerbated by it. Another type of air pollution is then worsened by that increased heat: Smog forms when the weather is warmer and there’s more ultraviolet radiation. Climate change also increases the production of allergenic air pollutants including mold, due to to damp conditions caused by extreme weather and increased flooding, and pollen due to a longer pollen season and more pollen production.