LITTLE ROCK, -- Driving. It's convenient, but too much can affect our quality of life.
The burning of fossil fuels raises the ozone levels, and already this year, we've seen warnings.
"I'm not sure what we're going to face this summer. I think most Arkansans are concerned about it and certainly, we in public health are concerned about the public health aspect," said Dr. William Mason, a pulmonologist at the Arkansas Department of Health.
Mason said air pollution is to blame for the high levels. The direct sunlight and the high temps don't make it any better.
"We're in June now. We've had what triple digits already," Mason said.
Health leaders recommend carpooling or even bike-riding to keep levels down. Mason said it's important because companies check levels before building or expanding in a city. That's why cities should become more environmentally friendly and encourage residents to do the same.
"Some of this is long term planning. It's up to our city planners to really take into account what is happening now to plan for the future," Mason said.