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‘Dramatic’ rise in wildfire smoke triggers decline in US air quality for millions

Recent record fire seasons in the west have increased pollution across the country, affecting people’s health, scientists say Millions of Americans are now routinely exposed to unhealthy plumes of wildfire smoke that can waft thousands of miles across the country, … Continue reading

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Heatwaves and wildfires to worsen air pollution: UN

More frequent and intense heatwaves and wildfires driven by climate change are expected to worsen the quality of the air we breathe, harming human health and ecosystems, the UN warned Wednesday. A new report from the UN’s World Meteorological Organization … Continue reading

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July heatwave triggers air pollution in UK

Ozone levels increased significantly and exceeded World Health Organisation recommendations, the researchers found after drawing on a national network of air pollution monitoring sites Extreme temperatures experienced by the United Kingdom have altered the levels of harmful pollutants in the … Continue reading

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Exposure to air pollutants released during wildfires has ill effects among children

New research linking air pollution data from federal monitors in the Sacramento area of California, including during significant fires, is showing ill effects of pollution exposure among children, a new University of California, Davis, study suggests. Blood samples show that … Continue reading

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Exposure to wildfires increases risk of cancer

Living near regions prone to wildfires may boost risk of developing lung cancer and brain tumors A new study from McGill University finds higher incidence of lung cancer and brain tumors in people exposed to wildfires. The study, which tracks … Continue reading

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Report: The West Is the Worst for Air Quality

Thanks to longer fire seasons and increasingly intense blazes, Western states are experiencing the nation’s worst air quality. Kylie Mohr describes the findings of a report from the American Lung Association that assesses air quality around the United States. “Its … Continue reading

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Health Impacts of Air Pollution from Australian Megafires

Models suggest that thousands of Australians experienced dangerous levels of air pollution for several months, leading to more than a hundred deaths. From October 2019 to February 2020, fire ripped through the Australian bush with unprecedented intensity, killing 34 people … Continue reading

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Air pollution: US wildfires now lead to air pollution events affecting millions

The simultaneous occurence of extreme levels of ozone and particulate matter have increased significantly in the past decade due to wildfires in the western US The area of the western US hit by the unusually high co-occurrence of two air … Continue reading

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