The quality of our air matters and can be affected by natural or human-caused factors. Health can be affected by pollutants, particles, and even pollen in the air. Poor air quality not only affects health, but also affects the health of the planet and contributes to climate change.

Did climate change contribute to the recent (2020) wildfires in the Western U.S.?

The New York Times (NYT) published an excellent story today about the massive 2020 fires on the West Coast. You can read the story here. This article does a great job of documenting the dramatic rise in fires in the western states. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that they quoted me in the story…. A recent story in the Seattle Times documents that…


Update on MERV-13 and masks for wildfire smoke

First, my heart goes out to so many people who have lost their homes or loved ones during this crazy wildfire season. It’s so hard to predict when a fire will blow and get out of control. For this reason, anyone who lives in the West really needs to be prepared for this type of disaster at any time. And climate change is…


Out, out damn smoke!

Starting in mid-August, smoke was affecting a large chunk of the country.  There are hundreds of fires burning right now, with large fires being reported in: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. Currently the National Interagency Fire Center ( is reporting 4.7 million acres burned as of 9/8/2020 for wildland fires, so it looks like 2020 is on…


It’s time to announce our new cartoon caption contest..

I am trying to keep these posts lively and make them fun and interesting. So with Arielle’s help we are doing some new original cartoons. Sometimes we have the caption, sometimes, just the idea and we need your help. So here is the cartoon that goes with this week’s post on smoke and indoor air quality: What is he saying?    Are they puzzled…


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