Increasingly large and intense wildfires in the Pacific Northwest are altering the pattern of air pollution and causing a spike in the amount of unhealthy pollutants going into the air, new data finds.
According to the scientific reports, the smoke is taking over the clean air grains and the unhealthy air is causing potential risks to the health of millions of people. This air is causing bad air quality in many cities!
The research was lead by scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). These scientists at NCAR found that the levels of Carbon Monoxide which is a toxic gas which comes from burning fossil fuels has increased sharply as the wildfires spread in August. Carbon Monoxide levels are technically lower in the summer but because of these wildfires, there was a sharp increase in the percentage of carbon monoxide in the air.
“Wildfire emissions have increased so much that the poisonous smoke from these fires is damaging air quality in many cities in North America!” Says NCAR scientist Rebecca Buchholz who is the lead author of the research. These wildfires are the peak of air pollution in August which didn’t exist in a long time.
Carbon Monoxide is a very poisonous gas which can kill animals and humans! Lets stop air pollution and global warming to stop wildfires from occurring more frequently! These fires are damaging our earth and many forests which produce clean air! Please do remember that there is no Planet B, and we have to make our Earth a better place to live for our future generations to come.
Author: Sri Nihal Tammana
Source: National Center for Atmospheric Research/University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
PC: Bureau of Land Management
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