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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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More than 47,000 Brazilians hospitalised by exposure to wildfire air pollution every year

Last year the number of wildfires in Brazil increased 12.7 percent to a decade-high. Now the largest and most comprehensive study to date of the health effects of wildfires in Brazil reveals the serious health consequences of this burning, linking … Continue reading

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Air pollution has a more devastating effect on life expectancy than smoking and war

Air pollution is a bigger killer than HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined, according to a recent report from the Air Quality Life Index (AQLI). Particulate pollution has a more devastating impact on life expectancy than smoking or even war, the … Continue reading

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Forest fires linked to tens of thousands of avoidable deaths

Setting fire to forest and agricultural land in Southeast Asia to prepare it for cultivation or grazing contributes to an estimated 59,000 premature deaths a year, say scientists. Their analysis reveals that the greatest health impact from the burning, which … 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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