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Discussion: Smoke...

in: Hammer; Hammer > 2023-06-07

Jun 7, 2023 10:30 PM # 
wilsmith:
...gets in your eyes. Or hopefully, opens your eyes. I'm thinking a whole bunch of the US eastern seaboard just got their eyes opened to the impacts.
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Jun 7, 2023 10:55 PM # 
'Bent:
Wow, they are waaay worse than us right now in Eastern US. (6:50 pm)
https://aqicn.org/map/ontario/
Numbers as high as 460 in Freemansburg PA- Hazardous starts at 300.
We're in the Unhealthy 160.
Jun 7, 2023 11:45 PM # 
Hammer:
Yeah this should be an open your eyes moment but the “internet experts” that were telling Dr. Smith and other doctors how they didn’t know as much about covid-19 as they did are now the wildfire and climate change experts. Apparently these fires are set by eco-terrorists.

The slow response the Ford government took on this is similar to their slow response to covid outbreaks. you can deny the science as much as you want but this shit is real and people will die.
Jun 13, 2023 1:05 AM # 
blairtrewin:
Indeed - by way of comparison, ~400 excess deaths in Australia were attributed to smoke pollution during the 2019-20 fires here, and the population of the affected area in eastern North America is much higher than that of eastern Australia.
Jun 18, 2023 9:06 PM # 
Hammer:
BC fire season is the summer.

BC has already had 869 kha burned making it the third highest annual total since 1950 (but the summer is yet to come).

#1: 2017
#2: 2018
#3: 2023 (and growing)
#4: 2021
Jun 25, 2023 1:04 PM # 
Hammer:
Our team just published this open access paper about peat fire pollution and the emerging risk especially in regions with legacy metal contamination. It is only 2000 words so is a quick read. The lead author is a former postdoc in my lab and now a Canada Research Chair at Nipissing. We will have a piece in the Conversation later this week as well.

https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-93...

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