Yet further proof that making policy based on assumptions of settled scientific evidence usually isn’t the best course of action, courtesy of The Daily Caller:
Texas researchers published findings that global warming is actually reducing high-ozone days in the Houston area. The finding contradicts claims made by the Environmental Protection Agency that global warming will increase the number of days with high levels of ground-level ozone.
“We examined the past 23 years of ground-level O3 data and selected meteorological parameters in Houston, Texas, which historically has been one of the most polluted cities in the United States,” wrote researchers with the University of Houston’s Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science.
Scientists found increased sea breeze due to “increasing land surface temperatures, increased pressure gradients, and slightly stronger on-shore winds” are contributing to lower days with high levels of ground-level ozone in Houston. Stronger breezes could also be cleaning up ozone in coastal cities around the world, according to researchers.
“These patterns driven by climate change produce a strengthening of the sea breeze, which should be a general result at locations worldwide,” Texas researchers noted.
For those so inclined, the full text of the study can be found here.
Keep in mind that this is just one study, but it could lead to further investigation into the overarching effects that climate change can have on some of the major environmental issues we face.