Smoke is turning the sky hazy across a large swath of the country as dozens of large fires burn, and a lot of people are wondering what’s in the air they’re breathing.
As an environmental toxicologist, I study the effects of wildfire smoke and how they differ from other sources of air pollution. We know that breathing wildfire smoke can be harmful. Less clear is what the worsening wildfire landscape will mean for public health in the future, but research is raising red flags.
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Montrose, Luke. (2021). "What’s in Wildfire Smoke?: A Toxicologist Explains the Health Risks and Which Masks Can Help". The Conversation, .