09 August 2013

Southern Oregon ~ Drawing Breath?

This satellite image of Southern Oregon accompanies this story from Mother Jones on the crappy air quality due to wildfires. The thick white on the left is cloud cover over the Pacific. The translucent grey across the middles of the image is smoke. Here, from my perspective, is the key point: "On Tuesday evening, the state's environmental department noted that the area around Medford (metropolitan population: 207,000) had an "unhealthy" air quality index of 151, meaning that anybody outdoors could incur "serious health effects," according to Oregon Smoke." August lives not far from Medford. This is at least the second summer since his mother moved him there that the air quality has been dangerous.

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