State Could Face Dire Health Effects From Ozone Changes
A Union of Concerned Scientists report found thatÂ California could be hit hardest of all states by negative health-related effects triggered from worsening ozone pollution associated with climate change. The report stated that in 2020, California could see 443,000 additional cases of respiratory illnesses and more than $729 million in health care costs. According to the report, the most vulnerable states are those with high child, elderly and urban populations, as well as those with high levels of nitrogen oxides and emissions from power plants and vehicles.
- "Bad News for People Who Breathe in California" (Colliver, "Chron Rx," San Francisco Chronicle, 6/2).
- "California Likely To 'Suffer Most,' Says Study" (Weber, "Climate Watch," KQED, 6/2).
- "Study: Climate Change To Hike Ozone-Related Illnesses" (Koch, USA Today, 6/2).