Tag Archives: Air Quality/Monitoring

Long-term air pollution exposure could explain emphysema in non-smokers

Long-term exposure to air pollutants is associated with emphysema and worsening lung functioning, offering an explanation for emphysema in non-smokers, according to a study published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The increase in emphysema among those exposed to polluted air was similar to increased lung damage caused by smoking a pack of cigarettes […]
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Growing Program Puts Air Quality Specialists on Wildfires

Fire crews battling blazes across the West are increasingly asking for air resource advisers who produce smoke forecasts. Among the hundreds of firefighters, aircraft and engines dispatched to a northern Arizona wildfire were two women whose focus wasn’t on flames, but smoke. Carolyn Kelly and Anita Thompson are part of a growing program that dispatches […]
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Curbing Toxic Diesel Exhaust

Diesel engines are economical, powerful, and durable, so they power most of our equipment and move 80% of all freight. But diesel engines also emit large amounts of toxic air pollutants and ultra-fine particulate matter, about 70% of which is black carbon particulate. That makes diesel exhaust significant as a global warming contributor. Diesel particulate […]
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Crews make progress on East Evans, Milepost 97, other Oregon wildfires

Fire crews continued to make strong gains containing several wildfires that ignited throughout Oregon over the past few weeks. Despite the progress, acrid smoke from the Milepost 97 and East Evans wildfires is still affecting the southwestern parts of the state. Source: Crews make progress on East Evans, Milepost 97, other Oregon wildfires

CDC: Paper dust masks don’t provide protection from smoke

The air quality outlook for the Rogue Valley isn’t looking good due to smoke from the Milepost 97 Fire, and that can become a real issue for some residents. While you may be tempted to run to the local hardware store to buy a dust mask for some relief, the Centers for Disease Control says […]
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Smoke from growing Canyonville wildfire floods southern Oregon cities — and it won’t get better soon

Very unhealthy levels of smoke from a growing 6,000-acre wildfire that authorities say was started Wednesday by an illegal campfire has flooded into Ashland, Medford, Grants Pass and other southern Oregon communities. Source: Smoke from growing Canyonville wildfire floods southern Oregon cities — and it won’t get better soon – oregonlive.com

Even Moderate Air Pollution May Lead to Lung Disease

State Library Ed. Note: State employees can access this New York Times story HERE via the State Library’s subscription to the US Newstream database. Alternatively, state employees can contact us for access: library.help@state.or.us or 503-378-8800.

The Energy 202: Seattle opens clean air centers as worsening wildfires spark concerns about smoky skies

Cities say they are tackling climate change to fill a void left by the Trump administration. The wildfire smoke has been so bad in the Seattle area in recent years that city officials wanted to give people a respite — a place to breathe freely even as communities brace for another summer of poor air […]
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Oregon Lawmakers Approve New Diesel Truck Regulations For Portland

Amid a flurry of last-minute votes on Sunday, Oregon senators voted 16-11 to pass a bill regulating diesel trucks in the Portland metro area. House Bill 2007 requires truck owners to replace older diesel engines with newer models by 2025. The House passed the bill 44-15 last week. The goal is to reduce toxic diesel […]
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Jump in wildfires means smoke’s health impact will spread

Climate change in the Western U.S. means more intense and frequent wildfires churning out waves of smoke that scientists say will sweep across the continent to affect tens of millions of people and cause a spike in premature deaths. That emerging reality is prompting people in cities and rural areas alike to gird themselves for […]
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