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Californians See Air Pollution as a Problem and a Health Threat

In the News : Public Policy Institute of California

“In November, Californians are set to vote on Proposition 30—which would increase taxes on those earning over $2 million to help fund zero-emissions vehicles and wildfire prevention. So, just how big of a problem is air pollution in the minds of Californians? According to PPIC’s most recent survey, 78% of adults and 73% of likely voters say air pollution is a problem, with about three in ten saying it’s a big problem.”

Does Wildfire Smoke Cause Lung Cancer?

In the News : New York Times

“At the time, Dr. Nadeau said in a public panel that being outside and breathing that air was similar to smoking seven cigarettes a day. But now, she said she believes that the health effects of breathing heavy wildfire smoke is probably worse. “Cigarettes at least have filters,” said Dr. Nadeau, who directs the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research at Stanford University.”

California Has an Electric Car Rebate Problem

In the News : Kelley Blue Book

“Funding for many of the programs ran out for the year in April. Others have closed their waitlists because they have more applicants than they can handle. Prices are a problem, too. Tulare resident Quentin Nelms told the Ventura County Star that he was approved for a grant of $9,500 toward purchasing a Ford Mustang Mach-E, but the price increased by $10,000 while he waited for the check. That left him unable to afford the car even with the grant’s help.”

As wildfire disasters multiply, evacuation planning lags

In the News : Marketplace

“There have been record high temperatures across the globe lately. And with high temperatures comes high risk of wildfires. “If you live in or near the wildlands, wildfires will probably happen in your area,” the National Interagency Fire Center wrote in its latest report. But as a global community, we’re behind where we need to be when it comes to planning for and effectively evacuating people who live in wildfire-prone areas.”

Six Rivers Lightning Complex Fire grows to 6,773 acres, spurs more evacuations

In the News : Eureka Times-Standard

“People north, east and south of Willow Creek should either have already evacuated or be prepared to evacuate as firefighters continue trying to contain a fire that started late last week in the Six Rivers National Forest. The Six Rivers Lightning Fire had grown to 6,773 acres with zero containment and no information about whether structures had been lost as of Monday morning, according to a press release from the U.S. Forest Service.”

Air Pollution Affects Children’s Cardiac Systems, Causes Inflammation: Study

In the News : News Click

“The researchers found that blood samples manifested an elevated level of markers of inflammation, such as the interleukin-6, among children exposed to higher levels of air pollution. In addition to inflammation-causing agents, the researchers also found that higher pollution is linked to lower cardiac regulation amongst children. The cardiac autonomic regulation impacts the heartbeats, precisely how fast it beats and how hard it pumps.”

Do wildfires put Californians at higher risk for lung cancer?

In the News : The Sacramento Bee

“But certainly, wildfire smoke is known to contribute to poor air quality and air pollution with particle matter, Rizzo said. Wildfires increases the amount of PM 2.5 — fine inhalable particles — in the lungs, he said, and is known for causing lung cancer, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and increasing the risk of problems for people with chronic lung disease.”