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Scientists identify new chemicals in air pollution that trigger asthma in kids

Dust mites and smoke are known triggers of asthma in children. Now, scientists have identified previously unknown combinations of air pollutants that appear tied to the respiratory disorder. “Asthma is one the most prevalent diseases affecting children in the United … Continue reading

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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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Air Quality Alerts Issued in California Due to Wildfires

Officials are advising those in the Bay Area and the San Joaquin Valley to limit their time outside as wildfire smoke and ash fills the air. Air quality remains a concern in California thanks to severe active wildfires and health … Continue reading

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How people respond to wildfire smoke

As wildfires become commonplace in the western U.S. and around the world, checking the daily air quality warning has become as routine as checking the weather. But what people do with that data — whether it drives them to slip … Continue reading

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Breathing wildfire smoke during pregnancy raises risk of premature birth, study finds

Stanford University research estimates that smoky California air may have resulted in as many as 7,000 preterm births As California wildfires continue to rage and the Lake Tahoe area faces some of the highest air pollution levels in the world, … Continue reading

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Caldor fire burns over 400 homes as smoke chokes Lake Tahoe

More than 440 homes have been destroyed by the raging Caldor fire, and smoke has created conditions so hazardous that the air quality around the blaze is the worst in the country. Burning through rugged terrain east of Sacramento, the … Continue reading

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California lake becomes pool for air pollution during wildfire season

Lake Tahoe has experienced “especially bad” air quality through the second half of this summer, and new data reveals the lake’s air quality is at its worst levels of this decade. The intense wildfire season California has experienced so far … 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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