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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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Forest fires linked to tens of thousands of avoidable deaths

Setting fire to forest and agricultural land in Southeast Asia to prepare it for cultivation or grazing contributes to an estimated 59,000 premature deaths a year, say scientists. Their analysis reveals that the greatest health impact from the burning, which … Continue reading

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Wildfire smoke has caused rise in Covid infections and deaths, study finds

Researchers speculate that smoke helps spread the virus and weakens lungs, making symptoms more severe Pollutants in smoke billowing from huge wildfires in the west of America have probably caused an increase in Covid-19 infections and deaths across several US … Continue reading

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Researchers develop method to better predict when wildfire smoke affects residents

Last month, New York City and other cities along the east coast experienced some of the worst air pollution in the world. The cause? Wildfires in Canada, California, and Oregon so large they produced smoke that drifted thousands of miles. … Continue reading

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Denver’s air is bad today. It’s expected to be worse Thursday and Friday.

State health officials warn of a mix of ozone and new surge of smoke from California fires Colorado health officials are anticipating “very poor air quality” along the Front Range through the weekend as smoke wafting from California wildfires mixes … Continue reading

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Unprecedented air quality alert continues across all of Minnesota, air quality alert due to wildfire smoke in effect through Tuesday, Aug. 3

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has issued an air quality alert for all of Minnesota. This is an unprecedented significant air quality event for Minnesota, extending over many days. The alert takes effect Friday, July 30, beginning at 12 … Continue reading

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Doctors, air pollution experts forecast worsening health effects of wildfire smoke

Advice for a five-day episode doesn’t work when you’re talking about an entire potential season Health experts warn that a shift in mindset and new solutions are needed as exposure to smoke from bigger wildfires becomes a regular occurrence. While … Continue reading

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Smoke Across North America

While plumes of wildfire smoke from western North America have passed over the northeastern U.S. and Canada multiple times each summer in recent years, they often go unnoticed. That is because smoke that spreads far from its source typically moves … Continue reading

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