Category Archives: USA & Canada

Air pollution: US wildfires now lead to air pollution events affecting millions

The simultaneous occurence of extreme levels of ozone and particulate matter have increased significantly in the past decade due to wildfires in the western US The area of the western US hit by the unusually high co-occurrence of two air … Continue reading

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Welcome to winter in Utah, gunky inversions and how to stay informed

Welcome to winter and Utah’s first prolonged inversion this season that is choking the Wasatch Front and Cache Valley, leading to mandatory action that prohibits the use of wood-burning devices and has regulators urging people to stay out of their … Continue reading

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Air pollution body to crack down on black carbon

The convention on air pollution is due to issue voluntary measures this week to curb black carbon emissions. The convention on air pollution will be meeting from 6 to 8 December in Geneva, where it will adopt guidelines on how … Continue reading

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Lockdown-driven air pollution cuts lower heart attack risk

The number of people in the US suffering from heart attacks fell during the Covid-19 lockdowns, as air quality improved due to the reduction in the number of cars on the road, a study has found. “Reducing pollution is not … Continue reading

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Fresno CA residents asked to reduce pollution, clear air

Fresno-area officials are asking San Joaquin Valley residents to tamp their output of daily pollution to help improve air quality. The particulate matter in the air climbed Friday and reached the red level — the fourth-highest ranking out of five … Continue reading

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UTEP study: El Paso hospitalizations increased after heavy dust days

High winds carrying dust across the Borderland is a common occurrence in the Chihuahua Desert. But what some might pass off as a temporary inconvenience could have long-term health consequences, a recent study found.  A journal article published in “atmosphere” found a correlation … Continue reading

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When the Western US burns, the East also gets sick

While most of the largest U.S. wildfires occur in the Western U.S., almost three-quarters of the smoke-related deaths and visits to the emergency room for asthma occur east of the Rocky Mountains. Smoke exposure, whether from wildfires or local burning, … Continue reading

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Air pollution linked to nearly 6 million premature births in 2019, study finds

A new study released Tuesday from the University of California, San Francisco and the University of Washington found air pollution likely caused millions of babies to be born prematurely and under a healthy weight in 2019. Babies who are born with … Continue reading

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