Fueled by climate change, wildfires erode air quality gains

by Scott Waldman, E&E News

Fourteen years ago, University of Washington researcher Daniel Jaffe installed an air pollution monitor on a mountainside outside Eugene, Ore.

His intention was to measure pollution levels, with a particular focus on tracking emissions from China that drift into the United States in the spring. But in recent years, the monitor has unexpectedly produced a second and more urgent data set: tracking fine particle pollution from wildfires in the western United States.

“We spend more of our time not worrying about what’s coming across the ocean but worrying about what’s coming here,” he said.

read more: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/fueled-by-climate-change-wildfires-erode-air-quality-gains/

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