Wildfire

PM 2.5 increased by 5.5% in 2 years across the country after a 7 year decrease of 25%

October 28, 2019

The New York Times writer, Nadja Popovich, reports that after nearly a decade of improving the air quality nationally, the US EPA's data shows that PM 2.5 has increased in the past two years. This 180 turn of progress has been identified as likely primarily coming from increases in driving and the burning of natural gas. However, in the West, wildfires has been a large cause of the increase as well. Researchers suggest that due to a decrease of enforcement of the Clean Air Act, less businesses are concerned with their pollution. 

Fast-Moving Wildfires Cause Concern

October 28, 2019

Californians are on high-alert due to fast moving winds and wildfires. The recent wind has caused several Californian fires to spread quickly leading to evacuations. PG&E has been cutting power in various locations to prevent possible fires due to these high winds. With various subsidies and insurance coverages, home builders do not worry about possible climate change issues related to where they are building.

Understanding the health risks from the smoke and ash of Butte County's Camp Fire

August 12, 2019

In Paradise, many families are still combing through the wreckage of the 2018 Camp Fire that burned over 150,000 acres. Camille Von Kaenel of the Chico Enterprise-Record in her article "Residents still trying to understand Camp Fire contamination at standing homes" writes,

California Wildfires: The New Normal

December 13, 2018

In the pilot episode of ABC10’s new series, The New Normal, California’s leaders tell us we’ve entered a “new normal” of more intense wildfires. ABC10 explores the recent California wildfires, what experts are doing to prevent deadly mega-fires, and the struggles between letting fires burn and air pollution.

Anthony Wexler shows ABC10 the mobile air monitoring stations used to measure wildfire smoke and how the pollution is a big obstacle to the burning plan.

Watch the entire episode this Friday at 11pm on ABC10 or on YouTube below

Scientists Study What Wildfire Smoke Could Do to Our Bodies Long-Term

December 04, 2018

With the immediate dangers of the Northern California wildfires under control, scientists from UC Davis begin to explore the long-term effects and impact of the smoke on our health. The Center for Health and Environment looked at filters that collected particulates during the wildfires.

What is normally collected over four weeks in a filter accumulated in just six hours. That's what our lungs filtered as well.

VICE Explores Worsening California Air Quality

November 20, 2018
Anthony Wexler explores what is causing such poor levels of air quality, why short-term solutions aren’t working, and what we can do to mitigate these scenarios.