A recent warm and sunny spring morning, I found myself contemplating my good fortune to live in beautiful San Francisco, as I walked back from the Ferry Building along the Embarcadero, pulling a cartload of fresh produce from its famous Saturday Farmers’ Market. But soon my reverie was clouded by less happy thoughts. Was I feeling breathless now, because I was merely out of shape? Or was the tightness in my chest caused by too much ozone in the air? Or was that sensation due to the particulate pollution that was spewing out of the speeding cars on this busy thoroughfare?
When it comes to the quality of its air, beautiful San Francisco, (as I had just learned from the American Lung Association’s State of the Air 2018 report), is one of the worst offenders in our nation. And while our city can be proud that its conservation efforts have reduced pollution from particle emissions, its ozone pollution has become worse – essentially erasing any gains. [Read more…] about Will Climate Change Affect My Skin?