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87 days of smog: Southern California just saw its longest streak of bad air in decades

Michael Jerrett, professor and chair of environmental health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, was quoted in the Los Angeles Times about this summer’s long spell of poor air quality days.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Southern Californians might remember the summer of 2018 for its sweltering heat waves, record ocean temperatures and destructive wildfires. But it also claimed another distinction: the summer we went nearly three months without a day of clean air.

The region violated federal smog standards for 87 consecutive days, the longest stretch of bad air in at least 20 years, state monitoring data show. The streak is the latest sign that Southern California’s battle against smog is faltering after decades of dramatic improvement.

Read more in the Los Angeles Times