Study Finds Wildfire Smoke More Harmful To Humans Than Pollution From Cars

By Nathan Rott

Tens of millions of Americans experienced at least a day last year shrouded in wildfire smoke. Entire cities were blanketed, in some cases for weeks, as unprecedented wildfires tore across the Western U.S., causing increases in hospitalizations for respiratory emergencies and concerns about people’s longer-term health.

A new study finds those concerns are well founded.

Researchers with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego say that the tiny particles released in wildfire smoke are up to 10 times more harmful to humans than particles released from other sources, such as car exhaust…(more)

I didn’t need a study to figure that out. Couldn’t breathe when the smoke was in the air. Not too much trouble breathing before the fires broke out. Not much traffic or people out during the fires. Even with a mask, the fires are really hard on your eyes so you need googles to protect them.


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