"Air will find a way"
How bad is wildfire smoke? An air quality specialist explains. Wildfire smoke is choking huge parts of the western United States. This episode of Galaxy Brain uncovers much actionable information for places where wildfire smoke is becoming common in the summers. Charlie Warzel interviews Sarah Coefield, an air quality specialist with the Missoula City-County Health Department. They discuss air purifiers, the long term effects of smoke on health, and why the pandemic is partly responsible for a positive change in air quality in public spaces. ‘These extreme smoke events have been getting longer, bigger, and more people are affected. 10 to 15 years ago, it was happening in small, small rural mountain valleys. Now, we have these massive wildfires. The Bootleg Fire in Oregon is insane right now. It is impacting far more people than have ever been impacted by smoke. We’re starting to see this awakening. Right now we don’t have the policy to address smoke response but we do have the technology.’
From Charlie Warzel