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Air pollution: A threat to your heart and longevity? 

New research links “safe” levels of air pollution to premature death. Every day, you inhale thousands of gallons of air — mostly nitrogen, oxygen, and a smattering of other gases. But that air also contains tiny particles spewed from power … Continue reading

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People of color exposed to more pollution from cars, trucks, power plants over 10 years

A new nationwide study finds that the U.S. made little progress from 2000 to 2010 in reducing relative disparities between people of color and whites in exposure to harmful air pollution emitted by cars, trucks and other combustion sources. The … Continue reading

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Utah air quality is getting worse and worse, thanks to wildfires in the north 

Air quality has worsened rapidly across the Wasatch Front in recent days, leading state regulators to warn Utahns against prolonged exertion outdoors. With huge wildfires burning across Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Canada, the northern Utah counties of Box Elder … Continue reading

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Wildfires create unhealthy air for Valley

The haze hanging over much of the Central Valley region is expected to continue through the foreseeable future because of wildfires raging in the area and has officials warning residents of the potentially hazardous health consequences. Three large wildfires, the … 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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Smoky haze, and heat, return to the Seattle area — but pollution isn’t from B.C. this time 

The smoke, originating in our own state, is not nearly as bad as earlier this month, but you can expect to see the haze until the winds change and push it out, maybe as soon as this afternoon. The smoke … Continue reading

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New California law gives air quality officials the power to quickly shut down polluters 

Local air quality officials are gaining new powers to quickly stop polluters when they endanger people’s health under legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday. The law, which goes into effect Jan. 1, follows years of frustration in communities such as … 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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