Periodic graphics: The chemistry of wildfires | January 15, 2018 Issue - Vol. 96 Issue 3 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 96 Issue 3 | p. 20
Issue Date: January 15, 2018

Periodic graphics: The chemistry of wildfires

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning explains wildfire combustion and its impact on human health and the environment
By Andy Brunning
Department: Science & Technology
Keywords: Environment, wildfire, combustion, particulate matter, ozone

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A collaboration between C&EN and Andy Brunning, author of the popular graphics blog Compound Interest

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John Lynch (January 16, 2018 11:10 AM)
How much of this is also true for wood burning stoves, etc? A lot of people I know tend to put a large "night log" on the fire last thing at night and then turn the damper down, so that the fire "ticks over" during the night and is ready to roar back into life easily the next morning, Does this also produce a higher level of relatively toxic emissions?
Joey (February 20, 2018 12:30 AM)
This article did a great job of explaining the health problems that come with wildfires including asthma and taught me the difference between the contents of the smoke of something thats smoldering and something that is on fire.
Dima Melnik (March 3, 2018 10:43 PM)
This article does a good job explaining why wildfires are bad and should be prevented them.

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