Tag: air pollution
Kendall Taggart, California Watch Tens of thousands of California schoolchildren ride aging school buses that emit harmful pollutants, an analysis of state data shows. Unlike many states, California does not require bus owners to take buses off the road after a set number of years. As a result, California has some of the oldest buses […]
by Bernice Yeung, California Watch California air pollution reached unhealthy levels less often in 2011 than a decade ago, according to a report released this week by a state association of regional air district officers. Compared with 2000, there were about 74 percent fewer days of “unhealthy air” statewide last year, data from the report [PDF] showed. […]
Today, KQED’s Sasha Khokha outlines how the lack of effective air monitoring policy in the San Joaquin Valley could be harming the people who live there. As she reports, a recent study from UCSF finds a direct link between air pollution and asthma-related ER visits. The study found what researchers call a “linear association” between certain components of air pollution and asthma ER visits. In other words, as air pollution goes up, the likelihood of an asthmatic child heading to the ER goes up, too.