Air Quality In San Joaquin Valley Measures In At Unhealthiest Score Possible
Particle pollution has been linked to cardiovascular problems, including heart attacks, respiratory issues like asthma attacks and bronchitis, and even premature death.
The Bakersfield Californian:
Hold Your Breath: Lingering Smog, And Spike In ER Visits, Should Ease Up Soon
Driven by a lingering high-pressure system, a thick blanket of smog, smoke and pollution has been hanging over the valley for roughly three weeks, sending fine particulate matter to its unhealthiest monitored level and driving up emergency room visits. Meteorologists from the National Weather Service in Hanford, however, said that the smog should start clearing up when the high-pressure system — which has trapped pollution in the valley since mid-December — begins to move out of the area. (Pierce, 1/4)