The word “Smog” was invented in California, so it seems appropriate that Los Angeles is now becoming one massive laboratory for studying carbon emissions. We talked with Riley Duren, Chief Systems Engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and manager of the Megacities project, which seeks to turn all of L.A. into one massive climate change laboratory. At an elevation of almost 6000 feet, Mount Wilson looms over the Los Angeles Basin — a perfect vantage point for a new station to monitor carbon emissions.

An artist's rendering of the Mt. Wilson station and satellite that comprise the Los Angeles Megacities project (Courtesy of JPL)

An artist’s rendering of the Mt. Wilson station and satellite that comprise the Los Angeles Megacities project (Courtesy of JPL)

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  • Ron said:

    No, the word "smog" was invented in London in at the turn of the century to define the mixture of "smoke" and "fog" that hung over the city.

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