Chemical products like household cleaners, pesticides, paints and perfumes that contain compounds refined from petroleum now rival motor vehicle emissions as the top source of urban air pollution, according to a surprising NOAA-led study
NOAA research is helping air quality managers understand what drives high ozone readings in the desert southwest during springtime.
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