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Vehicle Emissions Have Dropped, But The Effect On SoCal’s Air Is Complicated

You don’t need us to tell you that Los Angeles’ skies are cleaner and clearer right now as the COVID-19 pandemic has the majority of us staying in our homes and off the roads.

The current air quality is helping us see more of the horizon at the moment, but the science is still out on what exactly its impacts will be — even in the short term.

Still, the current crisis does offer researchers an opportunity to measure the L.A. Basin in a reduced-emissions setting.
In a basic sense, yes: less driving equals cleaner air. But, as a couple of those researchers told me recently, the chemistry playing out in our local airspace is more complex than that.

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