Posted on October 6, 2020 at 12:00 PM
The United States state of California has been on the front line of an ongoing battle between humans and the environment for many years. In recent years, California has become the world's leading producer of wind power, one of the most popular home energy sources and one of its major contributors to the greenhouse gas emission problem that contributes to climate change. With each of these advancements, however, the environmental problems faced by California continue to increase.
California's hold as the state with the world's worst air pollution remains strong even as Los Angeles ranks as the third worst smog-filled city in the U.S., according to an Associated Press article released on Wednesday. LA is not alone among urban areas in California when it comes to heavy smog-choking cities: seven of the top ten most polluted cities in the country are located in California, including big cities like San Francisco, San Diego, Sacramento and LA.
California is no stranger to this heavy smog, which has an effect on the lives of millions of Californians every day. Scientists have linked increased concentrations of air pollutants to the incidence of asthma, COPD (Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease) and other respiratory diseases. In fact, a recent study revealed that air pollution is associated with a number of health conditions, including:
Air Quality in California Is Still Good; The Environmental Problem Has Been Made Worse! By now you probably know that California is facing a big problem: it has too much pollution and not enough rain. Well, the Environmental Protection Agency has acknowledged that California has to do something about all of this and has recently announced a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality across the state.
With so many people relying on cars and driving on freeways for their transportation, it is easy to see why large numbers of vehicles are clogging up the freeways every day. The carpooling or using public transit has become increasingly popular with drivers looking to cut down on their daily commute and save money, especially during these economic times. Unfortunately, despite the California Clean Vehicle Act and other efforts to reduce emissions, more than three quarters of all new vehicles sold in the state still come from a fleet of automobiles. that are emitting exhaust-spewetting diesel fuel.
Although many are blaming public transportation for the problems, it is actually the state government's responsibility to make sure that its roads are safe for everyone to drive on. Even if public transportation isn't as convenient as some may like it to be, it is still far better than having to drive to work and back. California has a long way to go if it wants to make sure that its citizens can afford to get around safely.
Although some residents of California have been complaining that the heavy smog levels contribute to the lack of sleep they are experiencing, the best solution to this issue is to reduce your carbon footprint, which in turn lowers your carbon emissions. It may also be time for California to consider the possibility of building a new bridge or tunnel through the Panama Canal.
With the state facing a growing environmental problem, it is only a matter of time before the state's leaders come up with a solution. This will require a concerted effort to solve one of our nation's largest problems - but it is something that residents of California must come up with themselves. It is unfortunate that our leaders have not been able to put in place a comprehensive strategy for reducing greenhouse gases in a timely manner. As the world struggles to come up with solutions, the need to take action to solve this problem becomes all the more urgent.