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- In a report from the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, air pollution data is discussed, including a decrease during the pandemic and an increase in wildfire-prone areas.
- What can we do to decrease air pollution?
- Read about how wildfires worsen COVID-19 cases.
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Human-caused emissions of air pollutants fell during last year’s COVID-19 economic slowdowns, improving air quality in some parts of the world, while wildfires and sand and dust storms in 2020 worsened air quality in other places, according to a new report from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Two CIRES scientists working in NOAA laboratories contributed to the WMO’s first-ever Air Quality and Climate Bulletin, released on September 3.
The bulletin highlights the connections between air quality and climate change, including how persistent weather patterns amplified 2020 wildfire conditions, leading to increased regional-scale particulate matter pollution; the impact of COVID-19 travel restrictions on air quality worldwide; and estimates of human mortality due to long-term exposure to ozone and particulate matter pollution. The launch of the report coincides with today’s United Nations International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies.
Read the full article about air pollution from the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at Environmental News Network.