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A Smog Day: Today’s Featured Scene

2013 July 16

Fact: Since its adoption in 1970, the Clean Air Act has helped reduce emissions of key air pollutants by almost 70%. Today’s chosen photo shows us what the smog-filled air around Los Angeles looks like today. While we’ve made a lot of progress, there’s┬ástill more work to do before we can breathe easy.

Los Angeles smog

Los Angeles smog, by Andrew Hall on Flickr, March 31, 2011

State of the Environment, with the help of Documerica, gives all of us the chance to reflect more easily on our progress. What did our environment look like in the United States when EPA began its work? We have photos of our baseline. The picture is clear among the thousands of images taken, and thankfully preserved, from 1971-1977. Seeing the change together depends on you.

Share what you see in our environment today. State of the Environment is open to pictures of our lives and quality of life as you see it. No view is too small.

Photos taken from 2011 until the end of 2013 may be submitted to State of the Environment on Flickr. All levels of photography experience and skill are welcome.

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One Response
  1. Arman.- permalink
    July 16, 2013


    Comparing Smog between before 1970 and now is fantastic. It seems the Clean Air Act has successfully to reduce emission air pollutant more than 40 years. Congratulations………!!!!!

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