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        Air Pollution Dog Blog — dog health issues

        Why is California Expecting an Extreme 2021 Wildfire Season?

        Why is California Expecting an Extreme 2021 Wildfire Season?
        As California and the West are falling deeper into drought and, with summer approaching, there is great potential for another severe fire season in 2021.

        As a disappointing wet season comes to a close and hope for spring rain fades, conditions are worse now than they were at this time last year in 2020, with exceptional and extreme drought now found throughout the region.

        In California, that doesn’t bode well, given that last year’s more moderate rainfall deficits, combined with extreme heat waves, ushered in a record-setting fire year. It brought 5 of the 6 largest fires in modern state history, 10,488 destroyed structures and 33 fatalities. Some 4.2 million acres were torched.

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        What is the Changing Risk and Burden of Wildfire in the United States?

        What is the Changing Risk and Burden of Wildfire in the United States?

        A new study published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) is predicting a grim future for wildfires and the resulting toxic smoke. 

        Over the past four decades, burned area from wildfires has roughly quadrupled in the United States. This rapid growth has been driven by a number of factors, including the accumulation of fuels due to a legacy of fire suppression over the last century and a more recent increase in fuel aridity shown for the western United States), a trend which is expected to continue as the climate warms.

        These increases have happened parallel to a substantial rise in the number of houses in the wildland–urban interface (WUI). Using data on the universe of home locations across the United States and updated national land cover maps, we update earlier studies and estimate that there are now ∼49 million residential homes in the WUI, a number that has been increasing by roughly 350,000 houses per year over the last two decades. Read More...

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        K9 Mask® on "Shark Tank" November 20 from 8-9pm EST/PST on ABC

        K9 Mask® on "Shark Tank" November 20 from 8-9pm EST/PST on ABC
        Austin, Texas — Austin entrepreneur Kirby Holmes and his cousin Evan Daugherty will be featured on the hit television show "Shark Tank" on Friday, November 20, at 7 pm on ABC (CST). Kirby and Evan are co-owners of Good Air Team LLC, an Austin based company that created the world's first air filter mask specifically designed for dogs called K9 Mask®. It is a wearable air filter mask for dogs to protect them from the short and long-term health dangers of breathing toxic air from smoke, ash, dust, smog, chemicals, pollen, allergens, ozone, and bacteria. Pet owners in an air pollution crisis can now choose pure air for their dogs. More...

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        Five Habits That Are Bad For Your Dog's Health

        Five Habits That Are Bad For Your Dog's Health

        When it comes to our dogs, there isn’t much we won’t do for them. We let them sleep in our bed, we post pictures of them on social media, and we take them with us wherever we go. Unfortunately, sometimes there are things we do (or neglect to do) that could be hurting our furry friends. In today’s post from K9 Mask®, we want to discuss some of the things you may be doing that could be harming your dog’s health. With a few simple changes, you can help your fur baby live a long and happy life.

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