air quality http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Science & Health Rundown: The Air We Breathe http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/science-health-rundown-air-we-breathe <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s a stretch to think about summer now.&nbsp; </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But close your eyes and imagine. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The sun is shining; bees are buzzing; your arms move through warm air; you even have to mop a thin veil of perspiration from your brow. And on the news in the morning, Geri Mitchell intones the familiar admonition: “It’s a red air quality day. Sensitive groups should avoid exercising outdoors.”</span></p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 04:37:46 +0000 Shula Neuman 33906 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Science & Health Rundown: The Air We Breathe Smoke From Distant Wildfires Poses Health Risk To Illinois And Missouri Residents http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/smoke-distant-wildfires-poses-health-risk-illinois-and-missouri-residents <p>A new <a href="http://www.nrdc.org/health/impacts-of-wildfire-smoke/files/wildfire-smoke-IB.pdf">report </a>released today by the Natural Resources Defense Council warns that smoke from wildfires poses health risks to people living far from the actual blaze.</p><p>The study used data from 2011, an especially bad year for wildfires in the US, to rank states with the greatest number of residents affected by wildfire smoke for longer than a week.</p><p>Illinois and Missouri were ranked second and fourth respectively, despite having no wildfires of their own.</p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 21:47:13 +0000 Sarah Skiöld-Hanlin 30913 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Smoke From Distant Wildfires Poses Health Risk To Illinois And Missouri Residents