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How Air Quality Affects Your Ability to Exercise

How Air Quality Affects Your Ability to Exercise

When air quality is poor—for example, from wildfire smoke—we’re advised not to exercise outdoors. Let’s talk about why, and what you can do instead.

You breathe more when you exercise

Exercise is a particular problem during smoky days because exercise simply makes you breathe more.

The harder your body works, the more oxygen you need , and so the more air you’ll have to suck in to get it.

Many...

Sep 18, 2020 at 01:00. 1 comments

How Vacuuming Affects Your Home Air Quality

How Vacuuming Affects Your Home Air Quality

If your area has poor air quality right now, you may have heard that it’s not a great idea to vacuum your home. Then again, vacuuming is also a tool that can help get dust and allergens out of your house, suggesting that sometimes it’s a good thing. There’s truth to both, so here’s what you need to know.

Vacuuming kicks up dust

No matter how you vacuum, you’re probably kicking up dust, which...

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Sep 16, 2020 at 22:30. 10 comments

How to Help Those Impacted by the Wildfires on the West Coast

How to Help Those Impacted by the Wildfires on the West Coast

At this point, portions of California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington are on fire—the latest additions to an already intense wildfire season (on top of an “extremely active” hurricane season). Smoke from these wildfires has traveled across the country, causing a haze on the East Coast that has since made its way to Europe. And let’s not forget, all of this is happening

during a global pandemic...

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Sep 16, 2020 at 07:00. 24 comments

Moving Truck Prices In LA And San Francisco Are Skyrocketing Due To Demand

Moving Truck Prices In LA And San Francisco Are Skyrocketing Due To Demand
Truck Yeah The trucks are good!

A decent barometer Americans’ movement in real-time is to check on the cost of moving trucks in their area and, oh man, are people getting the heck out of cities in California.

To spot the trend, look for one-way travel from the largest west coast cities. Let’s say you’re fleeing Los Angeles for the sunny freeways of Houston, Texas, for instance. One of the...

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Sep 15, 2020 at 23:16.

Players Breathe Toxic Air as West Coast Burns: What the Hell Is Wrong With Baseball?

Players Breathe Toxic Air as West Coast Burns: What the Hell Is Wrong With Baseball?

Amid western wildfires and hazardous air quality, the MLB and NFL continue to play on. But for how long?

Yesterday, the A’s and Mariners played a doubleheader in a hot box in Seattle. The retractable roof at T-Mobile Park couldn’t keep the smokey air out.

Without fans in the stands due to COVID, athletes were the only ones affected by poor air quality — and affected is putting it mildly.

“I’m...

Sep 15, 2020 at 00:45. 15 comments

Cloth Masks Don't Protect Against Wildfire Smoke

Cloth Masks Don't Protect Against Wildfire Smoke

If you are living in a literal hellscape (as much of the western United States is at this point), you know that you can wear masks to protect yourself from coronavirus, and masks to protect yourself from the particulates in wildfire smoke. However: these are not necessarily the same masks.

Cloth masks block droplets, but not the fine particles in smoke. That’s because the holes in the weave...

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Sep 14, 2020 at 04:45.

While the West Coast Burns, NOAA Welcomes a Climate Change Denier Onboard

While the West Coast Burns, NOAA Welcomes a Climate Change Denier Onboard

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently hired David Legates, a climate change denier who’s previously maintained that the sun is to blame for global warming and that the ocean’s rising CO2 levels are fine because it means we get

bigger crabs , for a top position at the agency. Meanwhile, millions of acres on the West Coast continue to be incinerated by so-called “climate...
Sep 13, 2020. 16 comments

Facebook Finally Cracks Down on Bogus Propaganda About Oregon Wildfires

Facebook Finally Cracks Down on Bogus Propaganda About Oregon Wildfires

As emergency responders in Oregon struggle to contain a record 900,000 acres of wildfires across the state, local police have been fighting to contain a torrent of

bogus rumors spreading online. Throughout Thursday and Friday, tens of thousands of users shared posts blaming extremists on both sides of the aisle (but mostly antifa) for setting the blaze. The bulk of these falsehoods coalesced...

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Sep 13, 2020.

California Passes Law to Help Inmate Firefighters Pursue Professional Careers in the Field

California Passes Law to Help Inmate Firefighters Pursue Professional Careers in the Field

Amid the flames ravaging the state, California on Friday finally took a step to recognize the important contributions made by incarcerated firefighters over the years. A new law removes barriers that block inmates from pursuing professional firefighting careers after completing their sentences, giving them a second chance at life after prison.

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed AB 2147 on Friday at the...

Sep 12, 2020.

The Most Apocalyptic Photos From the West Coast Fires This Week

The Most Apocalyptic Photos From the West Coast Fires This Week

The West Coast is burning, and it’s

still not under control . There are now three states—California, Washington state and Oregon—battling raging wildfires, which have left a trail of destruction in their wake and, in some cases, have literally changed the color of the sky.

Hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to evacuate in these areas, and there have been at least 15 deaths so...

Sep 11, 2020. 13 comments

The Biggest Wildfire in California History Is Happening Right Now

The Biggest Wildfire in California History Is Happening Right Now

As dozens of active wildfires turn the West Coast of the U.S. into Hell on Earth, one has risen to become the biggest wildfire in California history.

The August Complex fire now engulfs a record 471,000 acres in the Golden State, eclipsing the 459,000 acres burned during the

2018 Mendocino Complex fires , which held the previous record. At only 24% contained, the fire is still likely to grow...

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Sep 09, 2020.

An 82,000-Person Oregon Town Has Been Evacuated as the Western Wildfire Crisis Worsens

An 82,000-Person Oregon Town Has Been Evacuated as the Western Wildfire Crisis Worsens

The

horrific western wildfire season is getting even worse. More than 85 wildfires are blazing across the West, but one of the most pressing is in southern Oregon where nearly the entire the 82,000-person town of Medford was evacuated.

Late Tuesday, the state’s governor Kate Brown declared a state of emergency. Brown called for evacuations to escape the encroaching Almeda Fire, which as of...

Sep 08, 2020. 6 comments

The Influencer Responsible for Gender Reveal Parties Has a Few Regrets

The Influencer Responsible for Gender Reveal Parties Has a Few Regrets

After a gender reveal party held at Yucaipa’s El Dorado Ranch Park was found

to have triggered one of the many devastating wildfires currently raging across California, the woman credited with popularizing the gender reveal party format, blogger Jenna Karvunidis, has denounced the parties for destroying the planet. Seeing as this is not the first time a gender reveal party has left...

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Sep 08, 2020. 17 comments

A Gender Reveal Party Sparked One of the Many Wildfires Raging Across California

A Gender Reveal Party Sparked One of the Many Wildfires Raging Across California

One of the many wildfires raging across California right now was apparently sparked at a gender reveal party held on Saturday in Yucaipa’s El Dorado Ranch Park, about an hour east of Los Angeles.

“Law enforcement has determined the El Dorado Fire, burning near Oak Glen in San Bernardino County, was caused by a smoke generating pyrotechnic device, used during a gender reveal party,” said the...

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Sep 04, 2020. 8 comments

California Is About to Get Its Second Major Heat Wave in Less Than a Month

California Is About to Get Its Second Major Heat Wave in Less Than a Month

It’s going to be hot as hell in California—

again . The state, as well as Arizona and Nevada, are expected to see a record breaking heat wave this Labor Day weekend.

These extreme temperatures are expected to blanket the Southwest just two weeks after the region saw

another heat wave smashed records. The intense heat and accompanying lightning storm sparked more than 900 wildfires in...

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Sep 03, 2020. 5 comments

Arctic Wildfires Have Never Released This Much Carbon Dioxide

Arctic Wildfires Have Never Released This Much Carbon Dioxide

Sure, we’re all aghast at the

Siberian tundra exploding because it’s too damn hot. But there’s a much bigger catastrophe that’s played out this summer in the overheated region. Arctic fires have unleashed an unprecedented amount of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

This comes from the European Commission’s Copernicus program, which monitors fires around the world using satellites. Its data...

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Sep 01, 2020.

How to Help Protect Your Home Against Wildfires

How to Help Protect Your Home Against Wildfires

Now that we’re in the midst of a particularly active wildfire season, it’s a good time for a refresher on how to help protect your home against these natural disasters. Of course, a lot of this is preparation that needs to be done well before a wildfire hits, but there are some steps you can take immediately prior to evacuating (if you have time) to help minimize damage to your home and...

Aug 27, 2020. 16 comments

LG's New Wearable Air Purifier Is What George Jetson Would Wear in the Bad Timeline

LG's New Wearable Air Purifier Is What George Jetson Would Wear in the Bad Timeline

LG unveiled its new PuriCare™ Wearable Air Purifier on Thursday, essentially putting one of LG’s home air purifiers on your face. The device looks like something George Jetson might wear if he got stuck in the bad timeline—with climate change-fueled wildfires, militarized police tear-gassing peaceful protesters, and a global pandemic of respiratory illness.

LG is hailing the battery-powered...

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Aug 22, 2020. 9 comments

Add the Prospect of ‘Gigafires’ to Your List of 2020 Horrors

Add the Prospect of ‘Gigafires’ to Your List of 2020 Horrors

On top of the global pandemic and increasingly nightmarish election race, good chunks of the country are spending the last bits of their summer dealing with one of the

most brutal wildfire seasons to date. So brutal, in fact, experts turning to new words to describe just how unprecedented this year’s California firestorm is.

The word of the day in this case is “gigafire,” which describes a...

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Aug 21, 2020. 3 comments

How to Get Real-Time Wildfire Updates From Google

How to Get Real-Time Wildfire Updates From Google

Forest fires are a necessary and natural part of a forest’s lifecycle, but recent years have seen a drastic increase in the number and severity of uncontrolled wildfires during the summer months—ask any Californian about that. Thankfully, new tools in Google Search and Google Maps can keep you up-to-date on the status of nearby fires and help you stay safe. Here’s a quick guide on how to use...

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