Gallery: Soundscapes of Smog Lets You Hear the Pollution of US Cities


Southern California is notorious for its smog, but just a few hundred miles away in the High Sierras, the air is much cleaner. To demonstrate the difference, researchers Aaron Reuben and Gabriel Isaacman of Yale Center for Environmental Policy and University of California Berkeley took pollutant compounds from air samples to create a sound spectrum of California’s ‘cleaner’ and ‘dirtier’ locations to help understand the way we breathe. You can actually hear the difference between clean air and smog!

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