2020 News & Events

The Science of Wildfire Smoke on NPR

27 August 2020

Short Wave, the daily science podcast from National Public Radio (NPR), airs The Science of Wildfire Smoke.

Smoke from wildfires can travel huge distances. We've already seen smoke from the fires in California reach all the way to Minnesota. And with all that smoke comes possible risks to human health. So what actually is smoke? Jessica Gilman an Atmospheric Chemist with NOAA, explains what it's made of, how it behaves in the atmosphere, and smoke's role in climate change [segment transcript].