California has state laws in place that require the region to lower greenhouse gases to 1990 levels within the next nine years, but lawmakers fear that this will not happen without a more forceful effort. In an attempt to reduce carbon emissions sooner than later, legislators are turning to a primary cause of air pollution: cars.
Air Resources board chair, Mary Nichols, says that automobiles create 40 percent of the pollution in California, according to Reuters. Reducing the number of cars on the road can help the state reach its goal of lowering carbon emissions by 2020.
"Most important for Californians, from an air quality perspective, is still the cars," Nichols told the news source. "After all these years, it's still the cars."
Individuals who want to breathe easier in their own homes can purchase an air purifier to find relief from the pollution. HEPA filters can remove irritants from the atmosphere such as dust, cigarette smoke and pollen.
The IQAir HealthPro Plus has a HyperHEPA filter that can eliminate ultrafine particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size. It can be especially helpful for individuals living with allergies, asthma or working in urban areas with high concentrations of pollution.