LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — With so many people staying at home and off the roads, Los Angeles currently has the cleanest air in the world, according to IQ Air’s live quality city ranking.

Following the issuing of the state-wide “Safe-At-Home” orders, many residents began working from home, lowering the number of commuters on the road.

On March 18, L.A.’s infamous rush-hour traffic was moving 71 percent faster than it usually does on a Wednesday afternoon, The New York Times reported.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, last month L.A. experienced the longest consecutive “good” air days since at least 1980.

Experts say the improvement is also due to fewer planes flying and less ground activity in general.

Comments (26)
  1. Mark says:

    Actually, the list at that IQ Air indicates Jerusalem has the cleanest air, although Los Angles, New York are low on the list.

    Yes, the air is cleaner in Los Angeles right now with all the cars off the road. But that is not the only factor in Los Angeles, we just finished three weeks of rain to clean the air, and as of yesterday started three more days of rain to continue to clean it. Its cars, yes, but it is not only that, the air would be well cleaner than normal now, with crystal clear views, even with all the normal load of cars, because of the rain.

    But there is no new news in that, and it does not mean the future should be carless. We already are in the midst of converting over to non-polluting cars. There is no need to eliminate cars in favor of pandemc-spreading mass transit, we need only to continue the conversion.

    1. whatever says:

      Why does the idea of “carless future”: inspire such frightened horror?

      1. Mark says:

        Why does a comment about policy on cars always get a response twisting what was said? There was no horror expressed, it was an expression about false assertions about cars (not in the story, but among the public). The assault on cars is NOT about smog, it is a matter of pulling the wool over the public’s eyes in order to clear the way for unfettered over-development, and all the ungodly load of money that has drowned the politicians in.

        As stated, we already are stopping driving “stinkpots,” we are changing over to non-polluting cars.

    2. Jim says:

      There is no such thing as “non-polluting cars”, unless you have an electric car that you’re charging with solar panels. Even if we switch fully to electric cars, they still need electricity, so all we’re doing is moving the pollution from the tailpipe to the power plant.

      Mass transit might be spreading the virus right now, but the virus is temporary. In the long run, mass transit is a better investment than so-called “non-polluting cars” which just move the pollution elsewhere.

    3. Gail says:

      Mark, just for a little clarification, the ranking changes daily. On the day of this article, April 6, LA was the cleanest. You wrote your response on April 7, when it had apparently changed to Jerusalem. Today it is Salt Lake City.

  2. M Mullen says:

    Just think how much more enjoyable life would be with air this clean everyday! It’s long past time to stop driving stinkpots through our neighborhoods and cities. EV’s are clean and quiet.

  3. Dan Foster says:

    Am I missing something? How does L. A. have the “cleanest air in the world” if both Sydney and Salt Lake City have cleaner air? This borders on “fake news.”

    1. Kyle says:

      Yes, you are missing something. It is a “live” list meaning it updates throughout the day. Notice the date and time at the top of the list.

  4. Kevin says:

    Please, I doubt it’s cleaner than the air on the big Island of Hawaii, or the arctic?
    This seem bogus

    1. Kyle says:

      The list is “cities” and not “places.”

  5. Steve Ybarra says:

    Maybe now you all will quit picking on farmers and ranchers. By the way we are still farming and producing food for your table and still ranching taking care of our cattle that feed this country.

  6. Jon says:

    This is absolute nonsense.

  7. Eric says:

    Have you been outside? The air is absolutely magical right now. You can see the San Gabriel mountains from the coast. It’s the cleanest I’ve seen LA air in 20+ years.

  8. NDJ says:

    Interesting how the air has never been cleaner but the COWS are still around…could it be that the “city folk” are the problem?

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