California Leads Commitment to Clean Air
May is Clean Air Month!
The California Air Resources Board voted in March, to keep California's tough vehicle emissions standards through 2025. Regulators voted to support having more than 4 million zero-emission vehicles in California by 2030 to reduce vehicle greenhouse gas emissions. The state voted unanimously to continue with the standards after reaching a conclusion similar to one by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
California started stricter pollution standards over forty years ago and continues to fight against toxic air pollution. According to the American Lung Association, there is a lot of work to do, as 70 percent of Californians live in areas with unhealthy air. Research continues to link air pollution to lung cancer, asthma attacks, heart attacks, strokes and hospitalizations for breathing problems.
The American Lung Association in California supports current efforts to maintain progress through California's clean air leadership. A dozen states have already followed these standards set by California to require new cars and trucks to average 36 miles per gallon in real-world driving conditions by 2025.
Air pollution also affects our environment. Burning fossil fuels releases sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide gases. These react with water to create acid rain, which damages plants and trees.
The Clean Air Act of 1970 has helped reduce poor air quality related health conditions and premature death.
Clean Air Month is a time to celebrate with events in the month of May to promote awareness. Some of these include 'Bike to Work Days' and 'Share a Car Days'.
We can all make positive steps to improve the quality of our air by supporting clean air legislation, and through ridesharing, biking and walking.