Building on the state’s success in decarbonizing its economy, the California Air Resources Board takes action to battle climate change beyond 2020 while improving air quality.

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Wildfire Smoke

Current air quality information for areas of California impacted by active wildfires.

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Our Progress

California has made significant progress to reduce our exposure to harmful air pollutants, the result of regulations and programs based on sound science. These achievements reflect a collective and bipartisan effort over the past half century that involves the Legislature, air districts, regulated industries and the public.  We have come a long way but many in our state still breathe unhealthful air, and childhood asthma rates are above the national average.

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There is far more work to be done. CARB stands ready as it enters its next 50 years to build on this strong environmental legacy and ensure that all Californians will breathe clean air.

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Stage 1 & 2 smog alerts in 1967
Stage 1 & 2 smog alerts in 2016
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Cut in black carbon since 1967