Wildfires and Smoke Wreak Havoc in Oregon and Washington

Wildfires and Smoke Wreak Havoc in Oregon and Washington

Oregon and Washington are caught in the grip of uncontrolled fires that are causing tens of thousands of residents to evacuate on short notice.  Indeed, as The Washington Post described it in a headline, “Much of the West Is On Fire, Illustrating the Dangers of Climate Extremes.” 

Why This Matters:  Did we mention that fire season has not even officially begun yet?

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New Study Says Air Pollution is Comparable to Eating a High Fat Diet

New Study Says Air Pollution is Comparable to Eating a High Fat Diet

A new study conducted by an international team of researchers has found that air pollution can play a role in the development of cardiometabolic diseases such as diabetes. But most startling is that the study also shows that living in a polluted region was comparable to eating a high-fat diet. As Science Daily explained, researchers […]

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“Godzilla” Saharan Dust Cloud Reaches U.S. Shores, Decreasing Air Quality in the South

“Godzilla” Saharan Dust Cloud Reaches U.S. Shores, Decreasing Air Quality in the South

Satellite images show a thick dust plume that is more than 5000 miles long, which originates in the African Saraha Desert, has reached South Florida and is expected to have noticeable negative impacts on air quality across the Gulf states this weekend. 

Why This Matters:  A dust cloud this long is rare but it can be quite serious for people with lung conditions.  Many Caribbean islands have experienced dangerous air quality and forecasters are giving the same warnings now in Florida and other southern states.

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New Report Finds One-Third of Americans Breathe Dirty Air At Least 3 Months A Year

New Report Finds One-Third of Americans Breathe Dirty Air At Least 3 Months A Year

In 2018, nearly 110 million Americans lived in areas with air quality that was unhealthy for more than 100 days of the year, according to a new report published on Tuesday by Environment America Research & Policy Center, USPIRG Education Fund and Frontier Group.

Why This Matters:  Dirty air negatively impacts’ people’s health and even their life expectancy — as we have often reported here in Our Daily Planet, and air quality in the U.S. is not good enough, despite what the current administration may try to claim.

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A challenge to make New York City 100% renewable

A challenge to make New York City 100% renewable

According to a draft of proposed legislation obtained by Huffington Post, New York City Councilman Costa Constantinides is preparing to introduce a bill mandating that the city come up with a plan by the end of the year to phase out nearly two dozen gas-fired power plants and replace them with renewable sources of electricity.

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