The downtown Los Angeles, Calif. skyline is seen from Griffith Observatory on Monday, July 1, 2019. In a letter to Mary Nichols, chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board, obtained by McClatchy, the EPA said the two sides "have made great progress" toward resolving the backlog of "outdated, unnecessary or deficient" reports on the state’s plans to combat pollutants. (Christina House/Los Angeles Times/TNS) From Los Angeles to Sacramento to the Bay Area, Californians are breathing in cleaner air than ever before as we shelter in place to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. But while lighter commuter traffic means that you can now catch a glimpse of the Farallon Islands from the East Bay hills some days, this is a short reprieve. The truth is that we don’t need just one clear day in California — we need clear days all the time. The long-term health impacts of localized air pollution last a lifetime, with the effects borne out in asthma attacks, lung damage and heart conditions. Health experts have been ringing the bell about the health impacts of air pollution for years. But amid the COVID-19 pandemic, science is showing that the combination of air pollution and […]

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