Asia’s air pollution dousing western United States while ours is jet-streamed to Europe
We’ve been hearing for some time about the airborne transport of air pollutants from Asia – particularly fast-developing China — to the western United States. A new study reveals that the pollution, already shown to be arriving in sufficient quantities to undercut U.S. efforts to reduce air quality, is on the upswing.
Not only that, but the eastern United States’ airborne gunk is making its way to Asia. And apparently Asia is looking nervously over its shoulder at emissions coming from Europe.
Based on some 100,000 pollution measurements over a quarter century, the new study published Jan. 21 in the journal Nature specifically points to Asia’s contribution to ozone pollution affecting those of us living along the Left Coast. (more)