21 Aug '12, 10pm

LA's Pollution from Car Exhaust is Down 98% from the 60s. Here's how the city did it

My earliest memories of L.A. are colored with a grey, dystopian palette—I remember staring out at a hazed-over full moon, actually impressed by the way the smog smeared the city lights and hung thick in the air even at night. It was surreal and noirish and pretty repulsive. And that was just over ten years ago. It never really occurred to me to again be impressed by how quickly that industrial fog has lifted. But I think back to more recent visits to California's sprawling metropolis, and it's striking: I'd never again seen it so choked by pollution. The smoky city derided by we northern Californians has given way to more vibrant hues and blue skies. Or at least bluer skies. In fact, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administratio n has just released a new study of the air quality in Los Angeles, and the findings are stunning. They corroborate my almost fantastica...

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