Pollution worsens in Los Angeles during drought

Downtown Los Angeles.

Downtown Los Angeles. Image by Vicente A. / CC BY 2.0

As well as causing water shortages for millions across the whole of California, the worst drought in the state’s history has also led to a rise in pollution in Los Angeles. The city sits in a basin where weather patterns create layers of smog. Wind and rain coming in from the Pacific usually help moderate the density and longevity of the smog but an exceptionally long series of high pressure systems has kept the pollution-clearing weather at bay, resulting in poor conditions and increased health risks for those with breathing problems. Read more: latimes.com

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