posted on Apr, 18 2018 @ 08:23 PM
originally posted by: Phage
a reply to: burdman30ott6
Yeah. I guess you can't eliminate wood stoves. Any chance there are ways to reduce their particulate emissions?
Might be a good thing to try to do, since it is apparently dangerous to breath the air there.
I'll be honest, when it's cold enough in Fairbanks for the air quality to reach its worst, it's so damn cold you're breathing through a filtering
balaklava anyway, so no big whoop.
I forgot Fairbanks' most wonderful air pollution source: the blessed birch tree. By this time next month Fairbanks' residents and visitors will be
breathing in the byproduct of a veritable orgy from the birch trees that thoughtlessly overpopulate the region. Anchorage is bad where birch pollen
is concerned many years but Fairbanks is usually competing for worst place on Earth for tree allergy sufferers. I understand there's a place in the
Netherlands or one of those Nordic countries that comes damn close, but Fairbanks can pop a 3,000 grains per cubic meter count without even
considering it a bad year. It's funny to see a place like Seattle issue a red flag warning when their tree pollen exceeds 200 counts and an extreme
warning at 600 while sitting in a place that multiplies that by a factor of 5 during a normal late May to mid June period. If you have allergies or
asthma, Alaska can kick your ass, and lingering fireplace smoke particles isn't even near the top of your list of concerns.
Forest fires are another big one, for what it's worth... When the Kenai had a major fire several years ago Anchorage was not pleasant at all. You
could look directly at the sun through the smoke and see either a dim glow or an orangeish ball depending on the breeze velocity. Wake up in the
morning feeling like you'd smoked a couple packs of unfiltered luckies the prior night. So no, human caused air pollution isn't a big worry here.