The forest fires of the summer of 2023 in Québec were devastating. It was the worst year in 50 years. But with climate change, the worst may be yet to come.
People with a lung condition are among those particularly vulnerable to bushfire smoke. But you can prepare for the season ahead.
Wildfire smoke, even from fires far away, carries potentially harmful gases that, once inside, tend to stick around. An air quality specialist offers an easy, cheap, effective way to deal with it.
If you were pregnant or parenting during Australia’s 2019–20 summer of smoke and fire, chances are you felt acutely anxious – and grappling with impossible responsibility.
Thick smoke pouring in from Canada’s wildfires canceled baseball games and pushed air quality in major US cities to the worst in the world.
The notion that wildfire smoke is ‘natural,’ and therefore less harmful than other types of air pollution, is not supported by the evidence. Wildfire smoke has been linked to adverse health effects.
It’s not just the ingredients we should be concerned about. The devices themselves release chemicals that end up in our blood and urine.
Air quality forecasting is getting better, thanks in part to AI. That’s good, given the health impact of air pollution. An environmental engineer explains how systems warn of incoming smog or smoke.
Large stretches of the Arctic are carbon-rich peat bogs. As the region warms and dries, lightning strikes can spark underground fires that can burn for years.
Orangutans are vocal animals, so analyzing their calls during events like wildfires can indicate how smoke is affecting their health.
So much pollution goes into the air today that even without wildfire smoke, 99% of the global population breathes unhealthy air.
Answers to some of the most common questions about wildfire smoke, health risks and the air quality situation affecting most of North America.
Fires in Canada have sent smoke across several US states, leaving cities including New York, Chicago and Denver with some of the worst air quality in the world – even far from the flames.
Be prepared. Download an air quality app, stock up on respirators and stay inside if you can.
Atmospheric dust storms often follow wildfires and have serious impacts on human health and ecology.
Brown carbon refers to a range of pollutants found in smoke from wildfires. They can contribute to global warming before they undergo a process that alters their chemical properties.
The worst effects are during high nighttime temperatures, something happening more often with climate change. Wildfire smoke adds to the risk.
Fires today are hotter and more destructive, thanks in part to a warming climate.
Barbecued food has unique and often delicious flavors. A food chemist explains how the process of grilling over an open flame can produce flavors unattainable through other cooking methods.
Southern California is on the front line of climate change, and recent survey data shows that residents are feeling its effects in many ways.