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Seattle breaks heat record as wildfires and smoke spread, Seattle Times, October 16, 2022

Western WA is covered by smoke again. But for how long?, KUOW, September 20, 2022

Wildfire smoke is here to stay. But critics say our preparations are still ‘lackadaisical’, KUOW, September 1, 2022

Seventeen Years of Atmospheric Research on the Summit of Mt. Bachelor, presentation by Dan Jaffe

Saying goodbye to the dangerous, alluring scent of gasoline, Grist, August 1, 2022.

Western wildfires’ health risks extend across the country, ScienceNews, June 17, 2022.

These Are the Best Fans We Tested, People, May 16, 2022.

Here’s exactly how wildfires are polluting our air, Popular Science, January 5, 2022.

An air purifier can help protect you from coronavirus and smoke pollution. How to pick and use one, The Washington Post, August 31, 2021.

Why Colorado’s Record Ozone Pollution Is More About Cars Than Wildfire Smoke, Colorado Public Radio, August 25, 2021.

Manitoba fires in Canada may degrade Vermont’s air quality all summer, VTDigger, July 27, 2021

Seattle is facing an indoor air quality crisis, Crosscut, July 27, 2021

Explainer: As wildfire smoke spreads, who’s at risk?, Matthew Brown, Associated Press, July 22, 2021

Another smoky summer could be on Washington’s horizon, KUOW, June 14, 2021

Study: Wildfires produced up to half of pollution in US West, Matthew Brown—Associated Press, January, 11, 2021

What the pandemic can teach us about ways to reduce air pollution, Science News, January 4, 2021

Long Beach escaped flames during historic fire season, but how toxic is all the smoke we’ve had?, Long Beach Post News, December 10, 2020

Podcast: When wildfires and a pandemic collide, Undark podcast, October 29, 2020

Record wildfires on the West Coast are capping a disastrous decade, New York Times, September 24, 2020

Wildfire smoke’s health impacts have only just begun, Crosscut, September 21, 2020

From the top of the world, scientists seek clues to wildfire smoke, InvestigateWest, September 21, 2020

More wildfire smoke heading into Puget Sound region Thursday, Seattle Times, September 17, 2020

Spending Friday outside in the Puget Sound region was like smoking about 9 cigarettes, Seattle Times, September 16, 2020

Video: Steps you can take now to improve air quality, KIRO7, September 16, 2020

Video: UW professor clears the air about filters and face masks in this stubborn haze of smoke, KIRO7, September 15, 2020

Video: How to make your own home air purifier, UW News, September 15, 2020

Do DIY air filters actually work for filtering wildfire smoke? Experts say ‘yes’, KING5, September 15, 2020

Puget Sound’s smoky air may be hazardous to your health, KOMO News, September 14, 2020

California Wildfires Add to Safety Worries for MLB, NFL, The Wall Street Journal, September 11, 2020

Audio: How to protect yourself from smoky air, KOMOAM Radio, September 8, 2020

Expert advice to stay healthy and safe from wildfire smoke, Q13FOX, September 8, 2020

The upstairs of my house smelled like campfire, KIRO7, September 8, 2020

Experts recommend staying inside, wearing masks as fire conditions worsen in Western Washington,, September 8, 2020

VIDEO: Local professor testing effectiveness of different face coverings, KIRO7 News, July 27, 2020

Mask’s fit more important than fabric, UW Bothell news, July 23, 2020

Researchers report a 17% decrease in global daily CO2 emissions, The Daily, June 4, 2020

How does the reduction of traffic in Seattle due to COVID-19 impact air quality?, The Daily, April 6, 2020

See How the World’s Most Polluted Air Compares With Your City’s,  The New York Times, December 2, 2019

Air Quality Is Better Everywhere But the West. Blame Wildfires,  Bitterroot Magazine, November 15, 2019

UW Bothell Professor Dan Jaffe named to EPA list of clean air experts, UW Bothell news, September 18, 2019

Administrator Wheeler Announces New CASAC Member, Pool of NAAQS Subject Matter Experts, EPA news release, September 13, 2019

Where there’s wildfire, there’s smoke. Protecting ‘clean-air refugees,’ The Christian Science Monitor, August 28, 2019

The Energy 202: Seattle opens clean air centers as worsening wildfires spark concerns about smoky skies, The Washington Post, July 10, 2019

Seattle will offer residents shelter from the smoke, High Country News, July 1, 2019

The Health Effects of Wildfire Smoke May Last a Lifetime, Wired, June 27, 2019

Seattle upgrades A/C at some community centers ahead of predicted wildfires, KOMO News, June 19, 2019

How Satellites Could Make You Sick, Bloomberg Businessweek, December 20, 2018

This Silicon Valley Space Startup Could Lace the Atmosphere With Mercury, Bloomberg Businessweek, November 19, 2018

Due to wildfires, California now has the most polluted cities in the world, CNN, November 17, 2018

San Francisco residents are breathing the world’s worst air: city ranking,
Q107, November 17, 2018

California Wildfires: Why Controlled Burns Could Save Forests, and Lives, Newsweek Magazine, September 26, 2018

Interview on the Ron and Don Show, KIRO Radio, August 22, 2018

Breathing Fire: All This Smoke Means Smaller Newborns and More ER Visits, Climate Central, August 21, 2018

This smoke means smaller newborns and more ER visits, KUOW, August 20, 2018

‘Mad Max’ smokescape envelops Washington state, KUOW, August 15, 2018

Breathing Fire: California’s Central Valley Bears the Brunt of Harmful Wildfire Smoke, KQED, August 15, 2018

Wildfires worsen extreme air pollution in U.S. northwest, Science News for Students, August 15, 2018

Is August smoke the new normal for the Northwest?, Q13 Fox News, August 14, 2018

114 Wildfires Are Scorching an Area Larger Than Delaware, Mother Jones, August 11, 2018

Wildfire smoke puts public health at risk, LabRoots, August 10, 2018

Bigger, hotter wildfires are worsening air quality in the Northwest, KUOW, August 9, 2018

Wildfire smoke: experts warn of ‘serious health effects’ across western US, The Guardian, August 2, 2018

Surrounded by Oil Fields, an Alaska Village Fears for Its Health, Inside Climate News, August 2, 2018

Oil boom sets off health fears in Alaskan Arctic, San Francisco Chronicle, August 1, 2018

Where there’s smoke, there’s Jaffe research, UW Bothell News, July 27, 2018

Air quality is worse in the west due to bigger wildfires, Sound Publishing, July 25, 2018

The air quality in some national parks isn’t any better than in major cities, Mother Nature Network, July 25, 2018

Why Oakland Lost the Coal Lawsuit, East Bay Express, July 25, 2018

Study says Washingtonians should start preparing for smoke days, MyNorthwest, July 19, 2018

 Visiting a National Park This Summer? Hold Your Breath, Scientific American, July 18, 2018

Wildfires increasing air pollution in Northwest, UW Bothell News, July 18, 2018

Record Amount of Wildfires Are Increasing Air Pollution in the US, The Fresh Toast, July 18, 2018

Summer air quality in Washington some of the worst in Lower 48, Q13 Fox, July 17, 2018

Where’s the fire? If you smelled smoke in Seattle, Tacoma, it’s from this fire, Seattle PI, July 17, 2018

Wildfires Are Destroying Our Air Pollution Gains, Outside, July 17, 2018

Fueled by climate change, wildfires erode air quality gains, ClimateWire, July 17, 2018

Increase in wildfires causing bad air days in US Northwest to get worse over the past 28 years,, July 17, 2018

Forest fires make extreme air pollution worse in the northwestern United States, NewsBeezer, July 16, 2018

Air quality in Washington linked to wildfires, KIRO 7, July 16, 2018

Researchers leery of degrading air quality as wildfire season gets going, KOMO News, July 16, 2018

Air quality on the decline in Northwest even as emissions fall, KING 5 News, July 16, 2018

The most dangerous effects of wildfires may not be the flames, Mashable, July 16, 2018

Wildfires are making extreme air pollution even worse in the northwest U.S., Science News, July 16, 2018

It’s hot but it’s hazy too. Should I run the fan tonight? The News Tribune, September 5, 2017

UW Bothell professor leads off science pub talks at McMenamins, Everett Herald, August 22, 2017

Coal’s Toll, The Planet Magazine, June 7, 2017

A Blob In The Ocean Means More Ozone In The Air, KUOW, February 21, 2017

Fears over giant pink blob of warm water in ocean which is causing worrying changes to our atmosphere, Mirror, February 19, 2017

A Massive ‘blob’ of Abnormal Conditions in the Pacific Has Increased Ozone Levels, Science Alert, February 17, 2017

‘The Blob’ revealed: Mysterious patch of warm Pacific water linked to rise in ozone levels across the West Coast, Daily Mail, February 16, 2017

‘The Blob’ in Pacific Ocean Linked to Spike in Ozone, Live Science, February 16, 2017

‘The blob’ of abnormal conditions boosted Western U.S. ozone levels, UW Today, February 15, 2017,

Pacific Ocean ‘Blob’ blamed for making summer air quality worse in 2015, KOMO News, February 15, 2017

Oh, no! The blob attacks the U.S. west coast—sort of,, February 15, 2017

Hundreds of Scientists Rally to Protect Climate Science, Live Science, December 13, 2016

Major coal train lawsuit settled by environmental groups, BNSF,  Crosscut, November 15, 2016

Concerns about coal train dust in Spokane, KHQ NBC Right Now, July 26, 2016

BNSF invests $26 million in Pasco train facility, Tri-City Herald, May 28, 2016

Study: Coal trains pollute more than diesel trains into the Columbia Gorge, Oregon Public Broadcasting, November 23, 2015

Study: Coal trains pollute twice as much as freight trainsEast Oregonian, November 23, 2015

Study documents health hazard from coal trains, Portland Tribune, November 23, 2015

Coal export terminals: A source of jobs, or coal dust and climate change? The News Tribune (Tacoma), November 20, 2015

Oakland mulls challenge of coal shipments, Santa Cruz Sentinel, November 7, 2015

EPA releases a stricter, health-based smog standard, High Country News, October 1, 2015

Coal’s health dangers spark local debate, Oakland Post News, July 24, 2015

How an emission of hydrogen sulfide from Shell’s refinery drifted over the Swinomish Reservation, The Stranger, June 12, 2015

Tiny particles delay study of coal port proposal,, March 19, 2015

Crowdfunding goal met for Bellingham coal train air-pollution study, Bellingham Herald, December, 5, 2014

UW professor seeks money to study pollution from coal trains in Whatcom County, Bellingham Herald, November 14, 2014

Lacking Funding, Some Scientists Turn to the Crowd, Science Friday, November 14, 2014

Importing air pollution from China, CBC News, September 21, 2014

China blamed for U.S. ozone, Science, September 12, 2014

Crowdfunding science: A new piece of the research grant puzzle, Earth Magazine, July 27, 2014

Homes near rail lines face exposure to harmful emissions: study, The Vancouver Sun, March 23, 2014

Study a window into coal train air pollution, The Olympian, March 11, 2014

China may finally be taking air pollution seriously, The News Tribune (Tacoma), February 6, 2014

Coal-Hungry World Brings Tough Choices For Native Americans, Huffington Post, January 20, 2014

Worries in the Path of China’s Air, The New York Times, December 25, 2013

New research from UW Bothell professor adds fuel to coal-train fight, The Seattle Times, November 5, 2013

UW Bothell prof, students present crowd-funded study of coal train emissions, UW News, November 4, 2013

UW Bothell Expert to Release Preliminary Findings on Air Quality Impacts Related to Diesel and Coal Trains in Washington State, UWB Press Release, October 21, 2013

Mercury pollution: With pact’s completion, the real work begins, Science, September 2013

Pacific Northwest Weighs Environmental Risks of Cashing in on Coal Export Market, PBS (Video), August 2, 2013

Hazy days of summer: Southeast U.S. field work measures mercury, smog, UW Today, July 9, 2013

Smyrna airport site for project on nation’s air pollution, Tennessean, June 23, 2013

Coal trains fire up UW chemist, The Seattle Times, May 7, 2013

What Coal-Train Dust Means For Human Health, KUOW Radio, March 11, 2013

US cities suffer impact of downwind Chinese air pollution, China Dialogue, January 17, 2013

Wind Riders, The Daily, January 9, 2013

Researcher finds life flying high above,, January 7, 2013

UW Researchers finding the high life, The Seattle Times, December 31, 2012

Big turnout expected for coal-transport project hearing, The Seattle Times, December 12, 2012

Siberian Smoke streaks Seattle Skylines, The Seattle Times, July 14 2012

Asian Emissions put US cities over O3 limit, Nature, March 05 2012

Mercury from the Sky, Decoded Science, December 20, 2011

Chinese pollution felt in US, The Alicia Patterson Foundation, 2011

Mercury in the Food Supply, The Guardian News, UK

Airborne Microbes, Environment 360, Yale
EOS, Transactions AGU, August 2011

Made in China: imported Air Pollution, Discover Magazine, April 2011

More on Japan radiation, Puget Sound Business Journal, Q&A with Dan Jaffe
KING 5 News, April 2011

U.S. radiation sensors show negligible readings, The Seattle Times
KIRO TV, March 2011

UW Scientist Tracks Airborne Mercury From China, KUOW Radio, October 2010

Asia-produced ozone making its way to U.S., study finds, McClatchy, February 2010

Ozone from Asia linked to levels in Western U.S. skies, Desert News, January 2010

Why Geologists Love Beer, Wired Science, December 2009

Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics, Made in China, April 2009

The Last Empire: China’s Pollution Problem Goes Global, Mother Jones, January 2008

Coal dependency hits environment, Associated Press, Time Online, November 6, 2007

Asian pollutants found atop Mount Bachelor, Associated Press, The Statesman Journal (Salem, OR), July 16, 2007

Scientist Sees Bad Days Ahead for Gorge Air, The Oregonian, March 14, 2007

Jaffe Group Doctoral Candidate David Reidmiller gave testimony before the Washington State Senate, Joint Memorial 8000, February 22, 2007

Ill Wind: Asia’s Pollution Crisis featured Jaffe Group airborne research, CNN, Spring 2006

China’s mercury flushes into Oregon’s rivers, The Oregonian, November 24, 2006

An import from Asia: Bad air, The Seattle Times, April 21, 2006

Bad air drifts across Pacific, Tacoma News Tribune, Sept. 20, 2005

Keeping alert to the threats of environmental changes, The Seattle Times, June 1, 2005

Fiddling while Siberia burns: ‘lungs of Europe’ under threat from forest fires, The Independent, May 31, 2005

Air pollution from other countries drifts into USA, USA Today, March 13, 2005

Asia pumps out more mercury than previously thought, ES&T Online News, January 5, 2005