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Years of drought are slowing California’s progress against air pollution. Increased heat creates more ozone and, without rain, particulates just hang in the air.  It’s reduced visibility in the Los Angeles Basin.  It’s bad news for people with asthma and cardiovascular disease, especially children. And was it ever a good idea to build housing near busy freeways?

Also, the "Dirty Car Pledge" is designed to save water in these dry times. Can you take the pledge and still go to the local car wash?

Photo: Downtowngal

Producers:
Claire Martin
Katie Cooper

Drought, Smog, Health Effects and Housing 17 MIN, 40 SEC

Years of drought don’t just make for more heat and less water. They also mean a setback in one of California’s longest running battles -- the fight against air pollution and smog.

Guests:
Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times (@tonybarboza)
Anthony Wexler, UC Davis Air Quality Research Center
Rob McConnell, USC's Keck School of Medicine (@KeckMedUSC)

More:
Barboza on heat, drought stalling decades of progress against smog in California

Spread of the Dirty Car Pledge 7 MIN, 41 SEC

The ongoing drought could have an impact on California’s car culture, which traditionally demands a car wash at least once a month.  Now the Los Angeles Waterkeeper, which keeps track of all things H2O, is handing out stickers for drivers who take the Dirty Car Pledge.

Guests:
Liz Crosson, Los Angeles Waterkeeper (@LAWaterkeeper)
Jeffrey Paul, carwash owner

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