Emergency rooms in the U.S. have begun to see an increasing number of patients suffering from respiratory illnesses. One cause is ozone.
This short report examines how climate change may worsen ozone pollution. Ground level ozone gets made when byproducts of burning oil, coal and gas are exposed to ultraviolet light. Each year, billions of dollars are already spent to treat millions of people whose lungs are harmed when the breathe air tainted with ozone. With climate change, the burden of respiratory illness due to ozone may substantially increase.
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