Air Pollution And Pollution Control Essay

751 Words Jul 29th, 2016 4 Pages
Air pollution has become a major problem in the Greater Los Angeles Area. The air quality has become so terrible here that Los Angeles is leading the United States in the worst air quality. To illustrate this, Imam from CNN has stated that “Los Angeles [is] coming in at No. 1 for ozone pollution” (Imam, April 2016). This allows a striking comparison to others cities. However, ozone pollution is only one of several things that can make up air pollution. Pollution control authorities in my community help keep track of this one and others to help measure the full scope. Consequently, just because we’re the worst in the nation does not mean there aren’t things people can do to improve.
Before someone could know what to do about air pollution one has to first understand what it is. After contacting the local pollution control authority they referred me to several great websites that consisted of the information I was looking for. One in particular, AirNow, combines many different datasets in an easy and understandable manner. From here we can see what air pollutants are being measured including Carbon Monoxide, Nitrogen Dioxide, Ozone, and Particles. AirNow then will combine these levels into what they call an AQI, Air Quality Index. Because of the current fire happening several miles east of where I live, burning more than 37,000 acres, the air quality index is terrible measure a high of 163, unhealthy, on the Air Quality Index. In this case, the main cause of the…

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