52 - The air we breathe

May 16, 12:57 AM

We all do it! In fact, you're doing it right now, right? We're talking about breathing the air around you. The American Lung Association recently issued a report card for cities across the country. In Los Angeles and the counties of Southern California... we got an F. We failed. In fact, we failed in 19 of the last 20 years. To the lung association 80% of that is because of the cars on our roads and freeways. To the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) it's mostly the big trucks.

The AQMD says it has been working hard on converting trucks to zero-emission vehicles. The lung association says that despite the failing grade there has been much progress over the years in improving the air we breath.

But, doctors say they're not necessarily seeing a corresponding improving in patient health. In this podcast we hear from the AQMD's Wayne Nastri and Dr. Philip Fine. Also joining us is Will Barrett from the American Lung Association.

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