The air around Los Angeles has been cleaner since the COVID-19 lockdowns began. (Photo by Andy Feliciotti on Unsplash)

Cars must get cleaner, more efficient

Originally published April 17 in The Hill

For a few blissful weeks, the air was as clean as I’ve ever seen it here in Los Angeles. In March, our city experienced its longest streak of consecutive days with “good” air quality since the mid-1990s.

For us, this is the grim irony of the current public health crisis. With far fewer cars on the road, only a few weeks of reduced fossil fuel pollution has dramatically improved air quality here and around the world.

Smog has long taken a toll on my community and city. This pollution — disproportionately concentrated near…

Maya Golden-Krasner

Senior Attorney & Deputy Director, Climate Law Institute at the Center for Biological Diversity.

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