This article by Naveena Sadasiviam is interesting because it talks about how the wildfire smoke is affecting the health of people and how this smoke is contributing to climate change we have seen often. The wildfire smoke has been spreading because a fire burned through some 80,000 acres in North California and this smoke has affected people lives. Many have difficulties breathing, worsening asthma, are missing work and making less money for their families. Schools have closed their doors because there is abundant of smoke and in effect is a “Spare the Air” alert. People who are affected are usually the young, elderly and people of color and it also depends on where they live. This smoke is not only affecting one region, but traveling to further areas. According to the article, “one study estimates that between 2046 and 2051, wildfire- related particulate matter (PM) of 2.5 levels will likely increase by 160 percent on average if temperatures continue to rise” (Sadasivam). This is showing that the wildfire smoke is dangerous and if the temperature keeps increasing we will have a worsening result and more people will be affected. Just like the case in the Camp and Woolsey fire in California that “last year contributed to the premature deaths of as many as 1,400 people. That’s excluding the 88 people who died during the fires” (Sadasiviam). Steps to prevent excess inhalation are wearing masks, having air purifiers in the home, taking daily medications.
The article connects the wildfire smoke and climate change. “It may make things combust that otherwise wouldn’t, and when that’s put into the air, it can attach on to the particulate matter,” which is saying that as the smoke rises it throws particles into the air and create a dangerous air quality that makes it more difficult to breath. As we create more Greenhouse Gases, we are also contributing to climate change because the greenhouse gases are absorbing long wave energy created by the wildfire smoke. Because of Earth’s rising temperatures from climate change, other forests in other countries will be more prone to becoming hotter and dryer, conditions that promote more fires.
I think climate change is not only affecting a certain area, but is affecting other regions and countries. As we have seen in the news, there are many places where forests are burning and many people believe that this is not a reason to worry and this will not affect the climate. As stated there are some forests that are burning and is not only affecting people, but is also affecting animals. Vast quantities of smoke is bad for our health and people living near the fires. We are all aware that smoke is bad and contributes with climate change.
Sadasivam, N. (2019, November 7). Wildfire smoke is a silent killer – and climate change is making it worse. Retrieved from https://grist.org/article/wildfire-smoke-is-a-silent-killer-and-climate-change-is-making-it-worse/