One Cool Thing: New Office of Climate Change and Health Equity

One Cool Thing: New Office of Climate Change and Health Equity

The COVID-19 pandemic proved that climate change and public health are deeply intertwined. Recent studies have found that wildfire smoke increases positive Coronavirus cases, and infectious disease experts say that as deforestation increases, zoonotic spillover will too. To face these threats, The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced the creation of a […]

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Wildfire Smoke Makes Tahoe, Reno Air Quality Worst in Country

Wildfire Smoke Makes Tahoe, Reno Air Quality Worst in Country

By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer As the Caldor Fire burns through the El Dorado National Forest, the area around Lake Tahoe and Reno, Nevada, has developed the worst air quality in the county. On Monday, the Air Quality Index hit 694 in Tahoe City. An AQI above 300 is considered hazardous and can cause serious health issues. The […]

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Wildfire Smoke Could Lead to Premature Births

Wildfire Smoke Could Lead to Premature Births

By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer According to a new Stanford study, breathing wildfire smoke while pregnant may increase the risk of preterm birth. As many as 7,000 additional preterm births in California between 2007 and 2012 could have resulted from exposure to smoke from the fires that have hit the state especially hard in recent years. […]

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Study Finds Dramatic Jump in Positive COVID-19 Cases Due to Wildfire Smoke

Study Finds Dramatic Jump in Positive COVID-19 Cases Due to Wildfire Smoke

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer As the Delta variant of COVID-19 sweeps across the country, hospitals and public health officials are once again struggling to cope with the fallout. Simultaneously, extreme heat and wildfires have left the Western U.S. (and currently, Eastern ones too) experiencing dangerous levels of wildfire smoke. Now, a new study has now confirmed what […]

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Wildfire Smoke Undoes Years Of Air Quality Improvement

Wildfire Smoke Undoes Years Of Air Quality Improvement

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer A new study from Stanford University and the University of California, San Diego reveals that plumes of smoke from wildfires in recent years threatens to undo 40 years of air quality improvements in the American West and is just as deadly as heat-related health threats.  In 2020, a record-breaking […]

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California’s Choking Smoke

California’s Choking Smoke

by Ashira Morris, ODP Contributing Writer This year’s nightmare wildfire season in California has burned more than 3.7 million acres across the state since the beginning of the year. The fires have also produced some of the worst smoke the state has seen. Smoke from the wildfires has the same dangerous particulate matter as tailpipe […]

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