Texas’ Air Quality Improved During The Stay-At-Home Order. Here’s Why It Probably Won’t Last

HARC in the News


By Katie Watkins, Houston Public Media

During the first four weeks of stay-at-home orders, ozone pollution across Texas dropped by an average of 18%, as people stayed at home and drove less, according to a study from the Houston Advanced Research Center in The Woodlands. Researchers at HARC compared pollution levels from this year with average ozone levels during the

same period over the past six years to account for factors like weather, which plays a role in forming ozone.


As more people are getting back on the road, we're seeing those transportation emissions increase. And the air quality — those improvements that we were seeing are starting to go away.

Dr. Meredith Jennings, HARC