August 13, 2018
In a recent article appearing in The Guardian and the San Jose Mercury News, Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Richard Peltier says smoke from the large wildfires in the western U.S. can have adverse effects on health, even hundreds of miles away from the fire. “Even if your home isn’t being destroyed and you think ‘this isn’t my problem,’ you could suffer serious health effects,” Peltier says. He also says, “Wildfires are a growing problem and climate change is making them worse. When you expose people to higher levels of pollution they are more likely to become ill.” He says almost every place in the U.S., apart from Hawaii, could be impacted by upwind smoke from the fires.