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Living with air pollution

People wearing smoke masks, children going stir-crazy indoors, families driving hours to find fresh air. Alarming as it is to some, unhealthy air enveloping the San Francisco Bay Area in recent days is all too familiar to millions of people … Continue reading

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Wildfires are creating a public health crisis of smoke problems.

In the new “Smoke Belt,” it’s raining ash and respiratory illnesses. No one knows what sparked the violent fires ablaze in the hills of California wine country. Over the past week, the flames have torched more than 160,000 acres across Napa and … Continue reading

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Stagnant Summer Days on the Rise in U.S.

Those long, hot, sultry days of summer, the ones where the air seems so still it wouldn’t disturb a leaf, are also days where air quality can take a nosedive. With winds barely above a whisper and atmosphere-scouring rains nowhere … Continue reading

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Worst air pollution in the world: Beijing, Delhi, Ahwaz, and Ulaanbaatar

I wake up and suck a bowl of charred asbestos through a dirty bong. Well, that’s what it feels like most winter mornings when I open the door of the fourth-floor New Delhi apartment that I currently call home. Fog-drenched … Continue reading

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NASA Measures Air Pollution Above Bay Area to Determine Effect on Humans

NASA plans to measure hydrocarbons and nitrous oxide by flying as low as 1,000 feet and as high as 26,000 feet NASA will measure air pollution levels at different heights above the Bay Area in an effort to detect whether … Continue reading

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Air pollution study clears the air on diesel versus gas emissions

Are gasoline-fueled cars or large diesel trucks the bigger source of secondary organic aerosol (SOA), a major component of smog? UC Berkeley researchers have stepped into this debate with a new study that says diesel exhaust contributes 15 times more … Continue reading

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Bay Area faces another Spare the Air day

A warming trend this week should peak Wednesday with highs breaking 100 degrees in the East Bay, prompting the third Spare the Air alert this summer. High temperatures stir up pollutants and smog, turning the air particularly unhealthy, said Lisa Fasano, … Continue reading

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