The road to pollution is paved with… paving

Widespread urban development alters weather patterns, making it easier for pollutants to accumulate during warm summer weather instead of being blown out to sea.

The international study, could have implications for the air quality of fast-growing coastal cities.

The reason: the proliferation of strip malls, subdivisions, and other paved areas may interfere with breezes needed to clear away smog and other pollution.

Read more at National Center for Atmospheric Research