Flavors of Fire: Assessing the Relative Toxicity of Smoke from Different Types of Wildfires

As you can see I've been busy writing for EHP lately, and here's another one.

Not all wildfire smoke is created equal. In fact, its constituency (and thus its impact on human health) varies widely depending on what burned, how hot, and how long ago, to name just three important factors. A new study in EHP addresses the first two by using a laboratory setup to compare the smoke produced through flaming and smoldering combustion of a range of different fuels including eucalyptus, pine, and peat. Sure enough, toxicity and mutagenicity vary widely. Read more here.