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Doctors alarmed by surge in hospital visits as toxic smoke engulfs west coast

Northern California health system reports surge in cases as region endures weeks of dangerous air A month after hundreds of wildfires started spewing toxic smoke along the west coast, doctors are seeing the alarming health effects of air pollution. In … Continue reading

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California wildfire smoke drifts to East Coast, Europe

Smoke from the wildfires ravaging California has drifted across the U.S., reaching parts of the East Coast and Europe, officials said. “Satellite images this morning show smoke aloft moving over much of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic,” the National Weather Service’s … Continue reading

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Wildfire smoke reaches Michigan; North State air hazardous to breathe

Smoke from wildfires in the western United States has spread east, raising pollution levels as far as the Great Lakes region, according to the National Weather Service. In California’s North State, pollution levels are unhealthy to very unhealthy, and the … Continue reading

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Pollutionwatch: summer’s deadly wildfires cause pollution worldwide

Widespread wildfires have taken lives and destroyed habitats as well as causing air pollution Wildfires are spanning the northern hemisphere. Local impacts have been severe; notably the loss of habitat and life, including the tragic deaths in Greece. Smoke has caused … Continue reading

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Air pollution from California fires equals a year’s worth of traffic, analyst says

According to local fire officials, buildings in California’s Napa and Sonoma counties were being evacuated on Monday morning, after multiple wildfires began spreading throughout the area with a thick smoke and large flames. According to the state Department of Forestry … Continue reading

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Air quality at ‘unhealthy’ level in Portland due to wildfires 

A smoky haze from wildfires across the state has settled into the Portland metro area and other parts of the Willamette Valley. Tuesday’s air quality is the worst it has been in weeks, categorized as “unhealthy” most of the afternoon … Continue reading

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Portland air quality remains unhealthy, but some relief may come Friday 

Portland’s air quality rating remains unhealthy on Friday, although some relief may come later in the day. The thick haze from wildfires in British Columbia has blanketed the Portland area this week amid record heat. KGW chief meteorologist Matt Zaffino says westerly winds … Continue reading

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The Moss That Saved Portland 

Roadside plants helped officials trace the source of a public health crisis and led to new standards for clean air in Oregon. Orthotrichum lyellii is the hero of this story. You’ve probably met it before: a tuft of green with … Continue reading

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