Smoke from wildfires poses an increasing risk, group says

10/24/2013 | USA Today

Wildfires are expected to worsen because of climate change and to generate more smoke that will pose health risks to communities outside the areas affected by the fires, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. "It affects a much wider area of the United States than people realize," says Kim Knowlton, a health professor at Columbia University and an NRDC scientist. The smoke carries pollutants that can trigger medical problems and cause lung and heart disease to become worse, Knowlton said.

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