Expert paints bleak air pollution picture to children’s asthma group

Jul. 24, 2012 / By

By Greg Mellen, Press-Telegram Staff Writer

LONG BEACH – While politicians like to tout improvements in pollution and air quality, that’s not the world that scientists like John Froines see.

“Air pollution is not getting better, it’s getting worse,” said Froines, a retired UCLA professor and director of the Southern California Particle Center.

Speaking at a meeting Tuesday of the Long Beach Alliance for Children with Asthma, Froines said the more that scientists learn about air pollution and its effects, the more alarming the picture becomes.

In the 13 years the Southern California Particle Center has been studying the effects of air pollution and particulate matter, Froines said that beyond its cancerous effects on lungs, air pollution is now being linked to heart disease, exacerbating and possibly causing asthma, low birth weights and even brain damage.

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