In California, the wildfires burn everything in their path, including houses and, therefore, the materials they contain, such as paint thinners, plastic, and others. A recent study, however, concluded that the air in California is now as polluted as in Beijing, a city affected by air pollution, a health hazard, especially for the most vulnerable people.
The fire that has been raging for weeks in California is causing a lot of damage to nature by burning everything in its path, but it also causes impressive air pollution which is very dangerous to health.
In northern California, the so-called “Camp Fire” continues to burn and, behind it, few things remain intact. Even the air is altered and, above all, it became very polluted. According to the experts, that’s because the wildfires that burn everything from trees to houses, including everything inside them, obviously, such as paint thinners, plastics, and household products.
California Wildfires Caused Air Pollution As High As In Beijing
The residents are instructed to stay at home as the air pollution triggered by Californian wildfire could have serious health consequences. According to Kari Nadeau, a doctor and the director of the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research at Stanford University, five days of exposure to high levels of air pollution is equivalent to smoking a cigarette a day for one year.
As the specialists reported, children and the elderly are the most exposed at risk. On Monday, November 19th, the Californian Air Quality Index (AQI) was 171, the same as in Beijing, where it is common to see residents wearing pollution masks.
Unfortunately, the predictions for California are pretty gloomy, as this region would be increasingly more affected by wildfires in the coming years, mainly due to global warming. On the other hand, many studies showed a link between high air pollution and lung or respiratory diseases such as asthma. For the moment, the only natural but reliable solution that could remove pollutants from the air is rain.