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Forest fires hit Indonesia, as scientists warn blazes are ‘new normal’

Forest fires are once again sweeping across Indonesia, with academics warning that the blazes, which have become an annual event since the mid-1990s, have become the “new normal”. So far five Indonesian provinces have declared emergencies as result of forest fires, according … 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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Pierce County burn ban for smoky air includes barbecues, campfires 

Diminished air quality prompted the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency to ban all outdoor burning in the region Wednesday. The state 1 burn ban went into effect at 4 p.m. for Pierce, King, Snohomish and Kitsap counties because smoke from British … Continue reading

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B.C. wildfires cause light orange haze over Vancouver in wake of air quality advisory

Vancouver residents are experiencing a small taste of what others in the B.C. Interior have been enduring for nearly a month. This morning, a light orange haze has descended over Vancouver. The misty skies are the result of smoke being … Continue reading

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Wildfires pollute much more than previously thought: Data from flights through plumes reveal three times the fine particle levels than officially inventoried 

Wildfires are major polluters. Their plumes are three times as dense with aerosol-forming fine particles as previously believed. For the first time, researchers have flown an orchestra of modern instruments through brutishly turbulent wildfire plumes to measure their emissions in … Continue reading

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Indonesian fires exposed 69 million to ‘killer haze’ 

Wildfires in Indonesia and Borneo exposed 69 million people to unhealthy air pollution and are responsible for thousands of premature deaths, new research has shown. The study, published today in Scientific Reports, gives the most accurate picture yet of the … Continue reading

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Study Predicts Increased Air Pollution Levels from CO Wildfires 

New research says more than 80 million residents of Western states will be subject to increased health risks from wildfire pollution in future decades. (Pixabay) DENVER – As Western states continue to struggle with an increasing number of large-scale wildfires … Continue reading

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Health Risks from Wildfires in U.S. West To Increase Under Climate Change

A surge in major wildfire events in the U.S. West as a consequence of climate change will expose tens of millions of Americans to high levels of air pollution in the coming decades, according to a new Yale-led study conducted … Continue reading

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