Gallery: Los Angeles Cuts Vehicle Pollution By A Massive 98% Since 1960...


Bart Everett /

Los Angeles can be a pedestrian’s nightmare with its sprawling highways and eternal traffic jams. But if you think it’s bad today, think about what it must have been like in the 1960s – because according to a new report vehicle pollutants in the Los Angeles Basin have dropped 98% since the 1960s. It’s is a significant achievement, as the specific pollutants that have been reduced are volatile organic compounds (VOCs), a key ingredient in the formation of ground-level ozone. Not only are they responsible for large amounts of smog, but they can also hurt people’s lungs and damage plants.

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