As smoke travels through the air, exposure sun and interactions with other chemicals in the atmosphere can make it more toxic.
Wildfire smoke making air quality “unhealthy” to “unhealthy for sensitive groups” is expected to remain in the area through the early next week.
Children, adults sixty-five and older, pregnant people and people with lung or heart conditions are particularly vulnerable to smoke from wildfires.
In Washington state, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz is pushing for a bill to establish a dedicated account to help prevent and fight wildfires.
California is ending use of chlorpyrifos, a pesticide associated with neurodevelopmental problems and impaired brain function in children.
The Washington Health Care Climate Alliance says it will bring its health care’s expertise and experience to help the state develop climate-smart policies.
“We were surprised to see how strong air pollution’s impact was on the progression of emphysema on lung scans,” said UW’s Dr. Joel Kaufman.
Alarmed by dense smoke, shoppers were snapping up portable air purifiers and breathing masks in staggering numbers.
Lead exposure can harm brain growth in children, so it’s important for toddlers and preschoolers to be tested for lead if they have any of the risk factors.
New research underscores the risks that modern wildfires pose to firefighters’ long-term health, including an increased risk of cancer.
These two beaches were closed Friday in an abundance of caution after a West Point sewage bypass into Puget Sound.
A new study found that pregnant women exposed to higher levels of air pollutants had children with lower IQs, compared to the children of women exposed to lower levels.
For some types of pollution, chances for admission increased as much as 147%, compared to infants whose mothers did not encounter high levels of air pollution i the week before delivery.
As a heat wave clamps down on much of the nation, cities are scurrying to provide shelter and assistance to the most vulnerable: the homeless and the elderly.
At North Seattle Therapy & Counseling in Washington state, they’re seeing patients with anxiety or depression related to climate change and the Earth’s future.