Here's What We Know So Far About COVID-19's Impact On Air Quality
You don't need us to tell you that Los Angeles' skies are cleaner and clearer right now as the COVID-19 pandemic has the majority of us staying in our homes and off the roads.
The current air quality is helping us breathe a little easier and see more of the horizon at the moment, but the science is still out on what exactly that means — even in the short term.
Still, the current crisis does offer researchers an opportunity to measure the L.A. Basin in a reduced-emissions setting.
In a basic sense, yes: less driving equals cleaner air. But, as a couple of those researchers told me recently, the chemistry playing out in our local airspace is more complex than that.
In some areas of Southern California, our reduced vehicle emissions — particularly during what we used to call the evening commute — actually led to higher-than-usual ozone levels.
Follow the link below to read my full story into what one researcher called the "interesting behavior" happening in our skies.