Air Pollution Levels Down Only Slightly Since The Coronavirus : Short Wave An NPR analysis of a key air pollutant showed levels have not changed dramatically since the pandemic curbed car traffic in the U.S. NPR science reporter Rebecca Hersher and NPR climate correspondent Lauren Sommer explain why — and what really makes our air dirty.

Here's their story.

Email the show at shortwave@npr.org.
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The Pandemic Cut Down Car Traffic. Why Not Air Pollution?

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The Pandemic Cut Down Car Traffic. Why Not Air Pollution?

The Pandemic Cut Down Car Traffic. Why Not Air Pollution?

The Pandemic Cut Down Car Traffic. Why Not Air Pollution?

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An NPR analysis of a key air pollutant showed levels have not changed dramatically since the pandemic curbed car traffic in the U.S. NPR science reporter Rebecca Hersher and NPR climate correspondent Lauren Sommer explain why — and what really makes our air dirty.

Here's their story.

Email the show at shortwave@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Brent Baughman, edited by Viet Le, and fact-checked by Emily Vaughn.