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Air quality plummets as wildfire smoke hits Alaska’s most populous cities

Smoke and soot from central Alaska wildfires have afflicted the subarctic city of Fairbanks with some of the world’s worst air pollution in recent days, forcing many residents indoors and prompting one hospital to set up a “clean air shelter.” … Continue reading

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Air pollution dogs North Pole as residents get on with life 

Idling vehicles puffed out exhaust, and a haze lingered around the Safeway grocery store parking lot Tuesday. Jan Kreischer, who sells crafts, held her breath as she dashed through the parking lot to get into the adjacent mall. It was her … Continue reading

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Air quality alert issued for North Pole; first of the season 

The first air quality alert since last winter was issued Thursday for North Pole, where the air quality has been classified as moderate. The alert is in place through 5 p.m. Friday. Anyone sensitive to air pollution should avoid prolonged … Continue reading

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Smoke pollution will worsen tonight and taper off in the morning, forecasters say 

Air quality is expected to diminish tonight as a temperature inversion intensifies, but improve by mid­day Tuesday when scattered clouds roll in, according to the Fairbanks North Star Borough air quality office and the National Weather Service. A Stage 2 … Continue reading

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Smoke from hundreds of North American wildfires is taking a toll on U.S. air quality

There are hundreds of active wildfires burning in Canada and Alaska this week in what has been a horrible fire season so far. Unfortunately, the smoke from all of these fires has to go somewhere, and the jet stream has been … Continue reading

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The dirty truth: Four out of every 10 Americans live with unhealthy levels of air pollution

The American Lung Association’s yearly State of the Air report ranked the cleanest and dirtiest metropolitan areas California’s cities were among the dirtiest in the country Fresno, Bakersfield and Visalia, California ranked as the worst for air pollution Prescott, Arizona, … Continue reading

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“Scrubbers” to cut cruise ship air pollution

Cruise lines that sail Alaska waters are installing new pollution-control equipment. It’s aimed at clearing the air — and meeting new regulations. But it’s also dodging some stronger, more expensive measures. The stuff that comes out of cruise ship smokestacks can … Continue reading

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Air pollution at record levels in North Pole Monday

A North Pole monitoring station recorded a record bad air day Monday, based on the Fairbanks North Star Borough’s preliminary data. As an inversion continued to trap cold and polluted air in the Tanana Valley Monday, the air quality was … Continue reading

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