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Currently in Detroit — October 1st, 2021

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Warm and sunny for Friday October 1st
Warm and sunny for Friday October 1st
For your Friday October 1st, we’ll get to enjoy at least one more of these gorgeous early fall days before modest chances for rain re-enter the picture Saturday night. Temperatures will bump up a notch from Thursday as light southwesterly flow develops, with highs solidly in the mid 70s. Lows Friday night in the upper 50s. — Dean Fogarasi
What you need to know today.
Rebecca Leber
a guide for how to check if your area is affected by wildfire smoke (it travels farther than you think)
As wildfires become more frequent and intense because of climate change an increasing number of us are feeling the effects of poor air quality. Poor air quality due to fires, as well as air pollution in general, is one of the largest threats to human health and exacerbates many other existing medical issues.
Currently spoke with Rebecca Leber, a senior reporter at Vox, who wrote about how and when to check the Air Quality Index (AQI) and what to do if your air quality is poor.
“There’s a way to measure this pollution and how it changes on a daily basis and there are precautions that people can take, but I think it’s just this lack of awareness about both the problem and the precautions people can take.”
While Leber said that these precautions will help, we shouldn’t have to endure so many poor air quality days. She said we need systematic action to address climate change and protect vulnerable communities, to get to the root of the issue.
“It’s important we don’t lose sight that this is also a problem that we have to address through societal action; it’s not just about individual behaviors,” said Leber. “To really address air pollution, more broadly, it’s not enough to put on a mask and turn on your air filter. It requires a bigger change. That means addressing climate change.”
To double-check the air quality in your local community, go to the EPA’s AirNow website. For more info about AQI and how to protect yourself read Leber’s story here. — Abbie Veitch
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