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Wildfires Send Ozone Pollution High Above Legal Limits

Article: Wildfires Send Ozone Pollution High Above Legal Limits

BOULDER, Colorado, October 9, 2008 (ENS) – Wildfires can hike ozone pollution to levels that violate U.S. public health and environmental standards, new research has determined. The study by scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research focused on California wildfires in 2007, finding that they repeatedly caused ground-level ozone to spike to unhealthy levels…

Pine Beetles Changing Rocky Mountain Air Quality, Weather

Article: Pine Beetles Changing Rocky Mountain Air Quality, Weather

BOULDER, Colorado, October 1, 2008 (ENS) – When pine bark beetles kill trees, scientists believe they may also alter local weather patterns and air quality. For the next four years researchers will study forests from southern Wyoming to northern New Mexico to determine the precise relationship between the beetles, the trees they kill and the…

Next President Advised to Upgrade Climate Science Budget

Article: Next President Advised to Upgrade Climate Science Budget

WASHINGTON, DC, August 25, 2008 (ENS) – Eight of the top American organizations responsible for weather and climate science and education are calling on the next administration and Congress to better protect the United States from severe weather events and climate change by investing in the basics of better science. They issued five recommendations to…

Warming Climate Changing U.S. Fields and Forests

Article: Warming Climate Changing U.S. Fields and Forests

WASHINGTON, DC, May 28, 2008 (ENS) – Forests in the interior western United States, the southwest, and Alaska are already being affected by climate change with increases in the size and frequency of forest fires, insect outbreaks and tree mortality. These changes are expected to continue, according to a new report issued Thursday by the…