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As threats to air quality rise, communities deploy low-cost air monitoring networks

Savannah D'Evelyn, University of Washington and Rachel Goldstein, Energy Innovation Policy and Technology LLC
March 19, 2024
Minneapolis skyline engulfed in smoke from Canadian wildfires, 2015
Minneapolis skyline engulfed in smoke from Canadian wildfires, 2015

Across the U.S., community air monitoring networks are growing in popularity as climate change increases the frequency and intensity of wildfires — and dangerous smoke. These networks provide hyper-localized data that can fill gaps in federal and state monitoring efforts and alert communities to unhealthy air conditions, people can protect themselves by closing doors and windows and avoiding unmasked time outdoors.