Report Blames Hollywood for Smog

A new UCLA study shows that the film and TV business emits 140,000 tons a year of ozone and diesel pollutants from such things as trucks, generators and special effects. UCLA’s Institute of the Environment undertook the study because “given the importance of the movie and TV industry in Southern California, we thought this was something the public should know,” Mary Nichols, the head of the department, told the Los Angeles Times. By one measure the industry topped hotels, aerospace and apparel, and may be second only to oil refineries in pollution. A few performers, like Leonardo DiCaprio, have insisted on environmentally friendly sets, but that apparently doesn’t make that big of a dent in the UCLA figures, to say the least.

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