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Grape pickers, from Wikimedia Commons: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Grape_workers.jpg   Photo credit: Tomas Castelazo, 6 September 2003.

How dangerous is wildfire season for US farmworkers?

Oct 11, 2022

ACOM scientist Rebecca Hornbrook contributed to an article at USA Today on the impacts of wildfire smoke on agricultural workers.

ACCLIP research flight 03 on August 6, 2022.

ACCLIP field campaign investigates monsoon-climate connections

Aug 16, 2022

During August 2022, two research aircraft will allow a team of international scientists to study how the Asian summer monsoon affects atmospheric chemistry and global climate.

Sonoma County Fires - 14 October 2017 250px. Wikimedia Commons, California National Guard.

Becky Hornbook comments on "ag passes" for vineyard workers during wildfires

Jun 27, 2022

Wildfire evacuation access permits (the so-called interim “ag passes”) were first issued in 2017 for Sonoma and Napa counties, allowing vineyard and livestock workers in Northern California to gain access during fires and other natural disasters.

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How Aerosols Helped Untangle Carbon Monoxide Trends

Jun 27, 2022

NASA’s Terra satellite has been taking measurements of Earth’s atmosphere for more than two decades. One of the five sensors on board, Measurement of Pollution in the Troposphere (MOPITT), makes daily measurements of the air pollutant carbon monoxide.

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A Global Decline in Carbon Monoxide

Jun 27, 2022

For more than two decades, NASA’s Terra satellite has measured atmospheric concentrations of carbon monoxide (CO).

An Oregon wildfire burns in 2013. The increasingly widespread wildfires in the Pacific Northwest are affecting air pollution across North America. (Photo by Bureau of Land Management.)

Pacific Northwest wildfires alter air pollution patterns across North America

Apr 26, 2022

Rebecca Buchholz led a study on large and intense wildfires in the US Pacific Northwest.

NASA false-color view of total ozone over the Arctic pole on October 3, 2021.

Protecting the ozone layer is delivering vast health benefits

Oct 11, 2021

An international agreement to protect the ozone layer is expected to prevent 443 million cases of skin cancer and 63 million cataract cases for people born in the United States through the end of this century.

Sunset over the Colorado Front Range on August 5, 2021. Photo by Carl Drews from Niwot, Colorado.

How much is the wildfire smoke affecting Wyoming's air quality?

Aug 12, 2021

ACOM scientist Brett Palm contributed to an article in the Casper Star Tribune regarding the summer wildfires and Wyoming air quality.

View of Denver Skyline from South Table Mountain. US Department of Energy - 28 September 2012, 08:06 AM. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:U.S._Department_of_Energy_-_Science_-_298_047_001_(27040059996).jpg

Ozone pollution along the Colorado Front Range

Jun 21, 2021

ACOM scientist Frank Flocke contributed to an article at the Colorado Sun discussing ozone pollution along the Front Range.

Palaces, avenues, buildings, parks, and scenery around China's Capital. The white Pagoda at Beihai from Jinshan Hill (27 September 2013). Photo by Yinan Chen at Wikimedia Commons.

COVID-19 lockdowns linked to pollution spikes in some cities

Apr 14, 2021

Lockdowns during 2020 in response to COVID-19 resulted in drastic cuts to emissions, especially from vehicle tailpipes, and yet some urban areas saw a paradoxical spike in ozone air pollution.