Pacific Northwest wildfires alter air pollution patterns across North America

Rebecca Buchholz led a study on large and intense wildfires in the US Pacific Northwest. These wildfires are altering the seasonal pattern of air pollution and causing a spike in unhealthy pollutants in August, the new research finds. The smoke is undermining clean air gains, posing potential risks to the health of millions of people, according to the study published in Nature Communications. Read more at NCAR & UCAR News.

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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.)

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