Wildfire smoke exposure during pregnancy linked to preterm birth, Stanford study suggests

A new study from Stanford University in California suggests that exposure to wildfire smoke during pregnancy increases the risk of preterm birth.
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'Beyond hazardous': Here's how bad Tahoe air quality has been this summer

This summer's wildfires have sent smoke pouring into the Tahoe Basin for weeks.

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Advierten en Nevada que humo de incendios forestales podría empeorar índices COVID-19

El estudio encontró que los casos aumentaron casi 18 por ciento en Reno durante el período más afectado por el humo de los incendios forestales, del 16 de agosto al 10 de octubre de 2020.
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Study finds link between air pollution and Alzheimer’s disease in Charlotte area

Older residents of the Southern Piedmont were 35 percent more likely to die from the disease than residents in other areas of the state with lower particulate pollution levels.
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There is no place you can go to escape wildfire smoke

Wildfires are increasing, and even in states where nothing burns, there’s still smoke.
www.nytimes.com
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Wildfires are intensifying. Here's why, and what can be done

The danger from flames and smoke is growing as blazes spread more swiftly and unpredictably as a consequence of climate change. Here are answers to five important questions.
Justice

This map shows the gaps between who is causing climate change and who

The areas with highest emissions and the areas with highest temperature increases are not the same places.
www.theguardian.com
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More than half of Europe’s cities still plagued by dirty air, report finds

More than half of European cities are still plagued by dirty air, new data shows, despite a reduction in traffic emissions and other pollutants during last year's lockdowns.

www.nhpr.org
Pittsburgh

What's It Like To Live With Industrial Air Pollution For The First Time?

Susan Scott Peterson had been living in Pittsburgh for just a few weeks when she smelled it for the first time. The air was a little thick, a little hazy, and it smelled like chemicals and sewage.

www.alaskapublic.org
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LISTEN: Alaska research on wildfire smoke's impact on health paints clearer picture

While it might seem obvious that wildfire smoke causes health impacts, there had actually never been a nuanced, scientific look at those impacts.

www.inquirer.com
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Philly’s air pollution soars in summer. This neighborhood has the worst of it.

With summer-like temperatures already hitting Philadelphia, the real season is just weeks away and that means air pollution will worsen. One area of the city surprisingly sees the most pollution.
www.nytimes.com
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Air pollution takes a toll on the brain

Even short-term exposure to polluted air may impair mental ability in the elderly. Aspirin and other NSAIDs showed some protective effects.
www.newscientist.com
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Chinese air pollution data was altered, statistical analysis suggests

Official Chinese air pollution data has previously shown evidence of manipulation when compared with data from US embassies in the same cities.

www.nationalobserver.com
Justice

Air pollutants cost Canada $120B a year: Health Canada

The health burden from pollutants in the air that come from industrial activities like oil and gas extraction, mining, manufacturing, construction, and transportation — as well as natural events like forest fires — contributed to 15,300 premature Canadian deaths in 2016.
www.independent.co.uk
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Local councils and campaigners urge people to stop burning wood at home

Growing awareness of health risks from breathing in fine-particulate pollution prompts calls for tighter rules and clearer messaging on stoves.

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Op-ed: We don’t have time for another fossil fuel bridge

Those holding up carbon capture and hydrogen as new climate solutions are leading us down the wrong path.

Climate storytelling: Creativity and imagination in the face of bleak realities

Working with youth writers on a climate-fiction screenplay has opened my eyes to the power of the arts in confronting environmental crises.

Peter Dykstra: Protected by an alphabet soup of acronyms

CITES, CCAMLR, LDC, MBTA, CBD, Ramsar, LWCF ... they may make your eyes glaze over, but they protect our health and planet.

Alabama PFAS manufacturing plant creates the climate pollution of 125,000 cars

The manufacturing plant responsible for PFAS-coated fast food packaging pumps out loads of a banned ozone-depleting compound along with "forever chemicals."

Ocean plastic pollution

Too much plastic is ending up in the ocean — and making its way back onto our dinner plates.

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