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Moorland fires had ‘shocking air quality impact’

The wildfires at Saddleworth Moor and Winter Hill are likely to have had a “shocking impact” on air quality, according to a new study. The devastating blazes were battled by hundreds of firefighters and soldiers in June and July. Researchers … Continue reading

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California air pollution due to wildfires exceeded world health standards by 60 times

The level of air pollution in California exceeded world “safe” levels by about 60 times last week after a series of deadly wildfires. Particulates in the air in some areas of the state reached levels as high as 1,500 micrograms … Continue reading

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Pollutionwatch: summer’s deadly wildfires cause pollution worldwide

Widespread wildfires have taken lives and destroyed habitats as well as causing air pollution Wildfires are spanning the northern hemisphere. Local impacts have been severe; notably the loss of habitat and life, including the tragic deaths in Greece. Smoke has caused … Continue reading

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Seattle and Portland Air is Now Dirtier Than Most Polluted Cities in Asia

For now, two of America’s cleanest cities have dirtier air than the the most polluted cities in Asia. IN THE DAMP and dreary Pacific Northwest, where moss climbs the trees and moisture dribbles down lamp posts and seems to seep through … Continue reading

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Which Respro® Mask to use for wildfire smoke

Air pollution from burning shrub land and forest fires is made up of carbonaceous particulates in the form of black smoke and resultant chemical compounds from burning sap from the trees. We recommend the Respro® Ultralight™ Mask with a Cinqro™ … Continue reading

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Wildfires’ smoke gets even worse, prompting B.C. to elevate health-risk warnings for Metro Vancouver to highest levels

Metro Vancouver’s air quality continues to deteriorate as smoke from dozens of serious wildfires remains over the area. This afternoon (August 21), the province revised values for the region’s Air Quality Health Index, elevating health-risk levels from eight and nine … Continue reading

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Tweets prove to be reliable indicator of air quality conditions during wildfires

Tweets originating in California during the state’s 2015 wildfire season suggest that social media can improve predictions of air quality impacts from smoke resulting from wildfires and have the potential to improve rescue and relief efforts, according to research by … Continue reading

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Fire-choked Yosemite has dirtier air than Beijing

A major wildfire burning on the western edge of Yosemite National Park has generated so much smoke that air pollution levels in Yosemite Valley are worse than in Beijing, one of the world’s most polluted cities. At the height of … Continue reading

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