Tag Archives: Air Pollution

That’s just pollution, not smoke, in the air

The haze in the hills that wreathe the Rogue Valley is primarily from pollutants such as car exhaust and smoke from wood stoves and prescribed burns trapped by an inversion, and not from wildfire smoke, weather officials said. The last three days have seen “pretty strong” inversions, meteorologist Shad Keene said, citing a 20-degree average […]
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My View: Toxin-free air is issue for all Oregonians

I live in Lake Oswego, but Oregon is one state, not two. We in the Portland area should be just as concerned about toxic emissions released in rural Arlington as we are about any location in Oregon, a place we choose to make home. Why does Louisiana care more about its environment than Oregon? Source: […]
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A Fire-Filled Future Could Lead To More Smoke-Related Deaths

Deaths related to air pollution from wildfires could double by the end of the century, according to newly published research into the links between climate change, wildfires and human health. Source: A Fire-Filled Future Could Lead To More Smoke-Related Deaths

A Fire-Filled Future Could Lead To More Smoke-Related Deaths

Deaths related to air pollution from wildfires could double by the end of the century, according to newly published research into the links between climate change, wildfires and human health. The study, published Monday in the journal GeoHealth, looked at a type of pollutants called PM2.5, which can be produced by cars, industrial sources and fires. […]
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Researchers warn a common air pollutant is a driver of dementia, even at levels below current EPA standards

Low air quality, even at pollution levels well below current Environmental Protection Agency thresholds, is associated with increased risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in later life, according to a new working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research. Source: Researchers warn a common air pollutant is a driver of dementia, even at levels below […]
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A foul fight: Oregon’s last resort to tackle polluters focuses on odors

Oregonians concerned about toxic air are filing complaints about smells, in a loophole last-chance effort to get the state to crack down on industrial sites. But does that let polluters who don’t create smelly fumes off the hook? Two days after Kris Kronkright moved to The Dalles in the picturesque Columbia River Gorge, she noticed […]
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How Air in the Pacific Northwest Became Dirtier Than Beijing’s

State Employees can access this Wall Street Journal story via the State Library’s subscription to the US Newstream database. Alternatively, state employees can contact us for access.  library.help@state.or.usor 503-378-8800 Spokane schools move practice inside, Seattle delays flights, and hospitals see more patients as wildfires burn in states miles away The Pacific Northwest, sandwiched between Canada’s smoldering British Columbia […]
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Wyden: FEMA should pay to shelter wildfire smoke refugees

Sen. Ron Wyden introduced the Clean Air Refugee Assistance Act of 2018 on August 28. Oregonians choking on the toxic fumes caused by blazing forests could use federal dollars to pay for emergency housing — if Sen. Ron Wyden has his way. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Wyden: FEMA should pay to shelter wildfire smoke […]
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Air Pollution Exposure Harms Cognitive Performance, Study Finds

The researchers tested more than 25,000 people and matched the results with pollution data from the time of each test. Pollution is a known cause of many other health problems. Researchers conducted math and verbal tests over the course of multiple years on more than 25,000 people in 162 Chinese counties. They matched those results […]
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Bend air quality plummets Friday before smoke clears

Health officials initially recommended limiting outdoor activities. The air quality index for Bend reached a level of 213 Friday morning, putting conditions into the “very unhealthy” range for the first time this summer, before returning to good conditions in the evening. The “very unhealthy” level is designated with the color purple on the Department of […]
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