American Lung Association Urges People Living Near Wildfires to Protect Themselves Against Staggering Levels of Unhealthy Air Pollution
WASHINGTON, July 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dangerous air pollution
resulting from wildfires
poses lethal health hazards to people living and
working in the surrounding areas. Residents with respiratory problems such
as asthma, emphysema, and bronchitis and also those with chronic heart
California Wildfires - The Hidden Dangers & Actions You Can Take
SANTA ROSA, Calif., Oct. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Toxic
substances, such as asbestos, lead, and PCBs, can become airborne
particulates when structures containing the substances burn. Particulates in the smoke plumes from the California Wildfires
the health and property of people...
California Wildfires Could Cost Insurers Over $1.5BN, Says RMS
NEWARK, Calif., Oct. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The wildfires
swathes of Southern California are likely to cost insurers between $900
million and $1.6 billion, making them among the most expensive in the
region's history, according to analysis by Risk Management Solutions (RMS),
Aetna Reminds Members Affected by California Wildfires Where to Call for Help
Company taking steps to help members get the care they need
HARTFORD, Conn., Oct. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Aetna (NYSE: AET ) is making it
easier for members impacted by the fast-moving wildfires
California to refill prescriptions and access employee assistance and
San Diego Wildfires Mental Health Fund
Mental Health America Establishes Fund to Help Support the Long Term Mental Health Needs of Those Affected by the San Diego County Wildfires
SAN DIEGO, Oct. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the hundreds of
thousands San Diegans flee the flames; they're trying to make sense of what
California Wildfires - Psychological Effects; Children ... Psychologist Is Available to Discuss Trauma
LOS ANGELES, Oct. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Children are the most dependent on
others and the ones the least mentally prepared when a disaster strikes,
according to a trauma expert. "Why do children exhibit psychological trauma? There are two sources of
security for a child: the security of their pa...
Southern California Wildfires Continue to Threaten Residential Areas
American Red Cross encourages evacuees to register on Safe and Well Website
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Wildfires
continue to rage across
Southern California, forcing thousands to evacuate the area. During this
ongoing crisis, the Red Cross offers help for those who may feel confused
MTF, Largest Tissue Bank, Provides Skin for Victims of Santa Barbara Wildfires
SHERMAN OAKS, Calif., May 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Ventura County firefighters who were overtaken by flames and seriously injured while battling brushfires in Santa Barbara are being treated at the Grossman Burn Center with skin donated by the largest non-profit tissue bank in the country, the Musculosk...
MTF, Largest Tissue Bank, Provides Skin for Victims of Australian Wildfires
COSTA MESA, Calif., March 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The deadliest wildfires
in the history of Australia have now killed over 200 people and injured many more. Local medical institutions are filled with those who have escaped the blazes, many with severe burns. The United States' largest tissue bank, the M...
Hospital visits for respiratory illnesses spiked during Southern California wildfires
Irvine, Calif., Nov. 18, 2008 Raging wildfires
that engulfed Southern California earlier this decade not only destroyed neighborhoods laying in their path, they also caused significant health problems for many who lived outside the fires' reach.
An analysis of hospital and emergency departmen...
wildfires in Biological News
When it comes to forest soil, wildfires pack 1-2 punch
For decades, scientists and resource managers have known that wildfires
affect forest soils, evidenced, in part, by the erosion that often occurs after a fire kills vegetation and disrupts soil structure. But, the lack of detailed knowledge of forest soils before they are burned by wildfire has ha...
Plants could override climate change effects on wildfires
The increase in warmer and drier climates predicted to occur under climate change scenarios has led many scientists to also predict a global increase in the number of wildfires. But a new study in the May issue of Ecological Monographs shows that in some cases, changes in the types of plants gro...
MU researchers create drought conditions to unearth solutions
...n most of the world, droughts are the leading cause of crop failure. Droughts increase consumer costs, kill livestock, reduce crop yields, and trigger wildfires
and dust storms, which lead to malnutrition and famine, social unrest and political instability. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri Colleg...
Large trees declining in Yosemite
...o fire-intolerant white fir and incense cedar. In burned areas, however, pines remained dominant.
"We should be aware that more frequent and severe wildfires
are possible in Yosemite because of the recent shift to fire-intolerant trees in unburned areas and warmer climates bring drier conditions," said van ...
Wildfires set to increase 50 percent by 2050
... The area of forest burnt by wildfires
in the United States is set to increase by over 50...esearch , scientists also say that the increase in wildfires
will lead to significant deterioration of the air ...uthor of the research.
"Our research shows that wildfires
are strongly influenced by temperature. Hotter tem...
In the warming West, climate most significant factor in fanning wildfires' flames
... The recent increase in area burned by wildfires
in the Western United States is a product not of higher temperatures or lon...Applications .
"We found that what matters most in accounting for large wildfires
in the Western United States is how climate influences the build upor produ...
NASA study says climate adds fuel to Asian wildfire emissions
...eries of estimates of carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted from these fires -- both wildfires
and fires started by people -- in Malaysia, Indonesia, Borneo, and Papua Ne...or months."
Besides emitting carbon, the agricultural fires and related wildfires
also ravage delicate ecosystems in conservation hotspots like the western P...
Potentially harmful chemicals found in forest fire smoke
...human health and ecosystems in smoke from forest fires. The results from the new study also suggest that smoldering fires may produce more toxins than wildfires
- a reason to keep human exposures to a minimum during controlled burns.
Finding these toxins -- known as alkaloids -- helps researchers understan...
Fire is important part of global climate change, report scientists
...opology, and climatology.
Increasing numbers of wildfires
are influencing climate as well, the authors repor... Australia, emphasize the ubiquity of recent large wildfires
and potentially changing fire regimes that are con... During extreme droughts, such as in 97-98, Amazon wildfires
burned through 39,000 square kilometers of forest....
New aerosol observing technique turns gray skies to blue
...d a series of field campaigns. In 2003, researchers mounted an RSP instrument on a Cessna 310 airplane and flew the instrument above smoke plumes from wildfires
in California's Simi Valley. In 2005, a J31 research aircraft flew RSP over dust plumes in Oklahoma.
In both cases, the airborne data corresponded...
wildfires in Biological Technology
The heat of technological innovation sometimes starts out-of-control wildfires
of politics, process collapses or budget challenges that rage through your IT shop. If youre lucky, youve got some folks who are good in a crisis and can be rapidly shifted from their regular duties to handle the situati...
New York Strengthens Emergency Preparedness with Cardinal Health Ventilators
...d 2,400 ventilators to
California for its emergency preparedness initiatives and assisted the
Governor's Office of Emergency Services in responding to wildfires
southern California. Today, more than 5,500 LTVs are in state emergency
The LTV 1200 Series ventilator is a portable, light-weight...
Biodiversity threatened as forests become 'islands' of green, UW professor says
Housing in and around forests not only affects biodiversity, it impacts hydrology cycles and accelerates the spread of invasive species. wildfires
and animal-human conflicts are added risks. "It is possible that the national forests may not suffice for some endangered species," says Radeloff.