Hollywood, the second largest polluter in Los Angeles

Published: Friday 15 December 2006

The glitz hides dirt Pollution Hollywood

A two-year study by the University of California, Los Angeles (la) estimates that the city's film industry emits 140,000 tonnes of ozone and diesel particulates each year, the second largest polluter in the la area. Only the region's oil refineries pump more pollutants into the air, it says.The findings also run counter to the perception of Hollywood as an environmentally conscious enclave. The main culprit for Hollywood's pollution problem lies with the use of multiple sub-contractors and short-term production companies to provide everything, from special effects to catering. The report noted that "the industry's structure and culture hamper the pace of improvements".

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