Heath and Pollution in California


California is one of the most polluted states in the United States. A study conducted in 2008 at California State University, Fullerton CA, found that air pollution in California is claiming more lives than car accidents.

Pollution in California relates to the degree of pollution in the air, water, and land of the state of California. Pollution is defined as the addition of any substance (solid, liquid, or gas) or any form of energy (such as heat, sound, or radioactivity) to the environment at a faster rate than it can be dispersed, diluted, decomposed, recycled, or stored in some harmless form.

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) works to protect the health of Californians by monitoring environmental contaminants and their related diseases, studying the impact of these contaminants on human health, and informing the public about how to best protect their health from harmful pollutants.

Air pollution is any substance in the air that is harmful to people or the environment. The California Air Resources Board works to reduce: smog-forming emissions air toxics particulate matter climate changing gases smog is the most pervasive form of air pollution, immediately impacting our ability to breathe and causing underlying health conditions to worsen.

Smog, carbon dioxide, and other greenhouse gases such as methane are vital contributors to global warming and the cause of various health issues. To understand the environmental issue of air pollution within the Central Valley but specifically Fresno, it is best to understand where Fresno is geographically located.

Part of the issue is how CA waste disposal processes are implemented and developed. Clearly if we could better discard hazard materials and other pollutants instead of letting them reach the environment, we would generate less pollution in California. Renting a dumpster is a solution in case you want to remove a large quantity of garbage from your home or business.

The California Ocean Protection Council published the California Ocean Science Trust Plastic Debris in the Ocean, UNEP Year Book Emerging Issues in Our Global Environment 2019 Access California Coastal Cleanup Day historical data, including top ten lists of debris items, and collection data dating back to 1989. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) establishes health-based ambient air quality standards to identify outdoor pollutant levels that are considered safe for the public – including those individuals most sensitive to the effects of air pollution, such as children and the elderly.

Another recent paper about health issues is the Children’s Health Study (Contract 94-331, Completed in 2004). The Children’s Health Study was a prospective study of about 6,000 children living in 12 Southern California communities with varying ambient air pollution profiles. The primary purpose of the study was to determine whether air pollution causes chronic adverse respiratory health effects. The California cities of Windsor, Visalia, and Fresno all reached “very unhealthy” levels of pollution last year, which could lead to “more serious health effects,” according to the EPA.

Air quality is acceptable in general. However for some pollutants there may be a moderate health concern for a very small number of people who are unusually sensitive to air pollution. Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease, such as asthma, should limit prolonged outdoor exertion.

Forget the Golden State. California should be called the Smoggy State. Eight of the USA’s 10 most-polluted cities, in terms of ozone pollution, are in California, according to the American Lung Association. Health and cost effects of pollution varied across the state. Breathing polluted air is bad for us. The adverse health effects are well established, ranging from minor restrictions in activity to emergency room (ER) visits for asthma, hospitalizations for respiratory and cardiovascular causes, and premature mortality.

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