How can smoke from West Coast fires cause red sunsets in New York?

Last week, much of the Midwest and eastern US experienced hazy skies and red sunsets. The cause was smoke transported from the Western US by the jet stream and spread as far as Boston and even Europe.

Jeffrey B. Halverson, Professor of Geography & Environmental Systems, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, University of Maryland, Baltimore County • conversation
Sept. 22, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: atmosphere pollution wildfires smoke sun fire jet-stream fire-season

Smoke from wildfires can worsen COVID-19 risk, putting firefighters in even more danger

Wildfire smoke makes it harder for firefighters's bodies to fight off viruses. Social distancing is difficult in that environment, but fire crews are coming up with solutions.

Luke Montrose, Assistant Professor of Community and Environmental Health, Boise State University • conversation
Sept. 11, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: health covid-19 coronavirus pandemic wildfires smoke

What's in wildfire smoke, and why is it so bad for your lungs?

Wildfires blanketing several Western cities are creating hazardous health conditions. Don't count on cloth masks to protect your lungs.

Luke Montrose, Assistant Professor of Community and Environmental Health, Boise State University • conversation
Aug. 20, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: health environment covid-19 coronavirus pollution lungs heat-wave forests air-pollution heat particulates wildfires smoke firefighting

What's in that wildfire smoke, and why is it so bad for your lungs?

Wildfires blanketing several Western cities are creating hazardous health conditions. Don't count on cloth masks to protect your lungs.

Luke Montrose, Assistant Professor of Community and Environmental Health, Boise State University • conversation
Aug. 20, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: health environment covid-19 coronavirus pollution lungs heat-wave forests air-pollution heat particulates wildfires smoke firefighting

The secondhand smoke you're breathing may have come from another state

According to a new study, about four in 10 air pollution deaths in the US are due to emissions crossing state lines.

Steven Barrett, Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology • conversation
Feb. 12, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  pollution  smoking  data  air-pollution  emissions  smoke  clean-air-act  regulations  charts  respiratory-health

A.I. sniffs out smoke damage in vineyards

"…with a relatively small investment and the right software models based on machine learning, winemakers could have a solution to smoke taint in their pocket."

U. Melbourne • futurity
Aug. 29, 2019 ~7 min

Tags: fires smoke artifical-intelligence science-and-technology earth-and-environment wine grapes

Wildfire health hazards extend hundreds of miles

Wildfires can send hazardous particles way beyond the flames, potentially upping health risks as far as 600 miles away.

Adam Dove-Carnegie Mellon • futurity
Aug. 23, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: pollution wildfire forests air-pollution emissions smoke earth-and-environment health-and-medicine hearts

Massive wildfire cloud sheds light on nuclear war’s impact

Wildfires in British Columbia in 2017 caused the formation of a cloud so big that scientists say it will help them model the effects of a nuclear war.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
Aug. 8, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: wildfire smoke nuclear-weapons ozone science-and-technology wars soot

Caterpillars take in haze and sustain damage

Air reaches cells inside caterpillars' bodies in a very direct way. Could they be a way to monitor haze?

National University of Singapore • futurity
March 13, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: pollution insects smoke butterflies earth-and-environment

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