Updated: Feb 19
SCIENTIFIC AMERICA - POLLUTION
The 2020 fire season subjected half the western U.S. population to a stew of particulate matter and ozone.
Smoke fills the air over homes in Oakland, California, in September 2020. Credit: Michael Short/Bloomberg via Getty Images.
Unseen dangers accompanied deadly flames in the record-breaking wildfire season that raged across the U.S. West in 2020.
In addition to the millions of acres burned by the blazes, the thousands of structures they destroyed and the dozens of people they killed, the 2020 fires brought some of the worst air quality conditions ever observed across the region.
A dangerous combination of both fine particulate matter and toxic surface-level ozone—both forms of air pollution that can be produced or worsened by wildfires—built up in the air and spread across the Western states.
Studies suggest that the population exposure to these combined pollutants was the highest observed since scientists started keeping tabs on them 20 years ago.
ARE YOU AWARE Artisanal miners' ore processing uses mercury, a deadly neurotoxin to extract gold from crushed or milled ore to produce 20% of the worlds supply of gold used in our jewellery, iPad’s, iPhone, computers, and other electronics devices?
Artisanal miners' ore processing releases and discharges 2,000 tonnes of mercury to our environment annually and is the world's largest anthropogenic source of deadly mercury pollution overtaking coal fired plants mercury emissions in 2017 .
Mercury pollution was documented in 2021 by Oxford University earth scientists to stay airborne for up to one year then precipitating back to Earth in the form of rain and snow.
The morbid irony lies in the fact the same vaporized mercury is polluting the air we all breathe, contaminating our drinking water, polluting the Oceans we swim, poisoning the fish we consume especially tuna where mercury bioaccumulates the most causing health issues, and global biodiversity destruction.
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