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Air Quality and Climate Change

Climate change and air pollution are closely linked.  Air pollution from human activities contributes to climate change, and the resulting increases in temperature are expected to worsen pollution.  Air pollution contributes to a number of respiratory diseases, including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).  Low-income communities and communities of color in California are especially vulnerable to air pollution.

How does climate change affect air quality?

Climate change affects air quality in different ways.

This will cause or exacerbate respiratory problems.

How does air quality impact health?

An increase in allergens and pollution in the air we breathe will impact everyone's health.

Who will be most affected?

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