Real-time Data Shows Mexico’s Fires Are Creating Dangerous Levels of Air Pollution

About 100 fires have broken out in central and southern Mexico since last week, causing dangerous conditions for nearby residents. Most of the fires broke out along the west coast, although smoke from the fires have caused hazardous air conditions in many parts of country. Mexico City, home to about 21 million people, declared an environmental emergency on Tuesday and warned residents to stay indoors to avoid the smoke-filled air.

Watch the Progression of California’s Largest Fire in History

< Blog Officials declared California’s Mendocino Complex Fire to be the largest in state history, burning more than 304,000 acres and counting. The blaze is only half contained. The video below shows the wildfire’s progression, as detected by NASA’s Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) and displayed on Resource Watch. NASA sensors first detected a large fire in the […]

See How Wildfires Are Affecting Air Quality in the American West

< Blog By Sarah Parsons and Seth Contreras Dozens of wildfires are blazing across the American West, including in California, Oregon, Nevada and Colorado. In addition to burning homes and large areas of forests, fires are causing dangerous levels of air pollution in some areas. The map below shows near-real time air quality data from OpenAQ and fire alerts from […]

Independence Haze: Data Shows Air Pollution Spikes from July 4th Fireworks

< Blog By Seth Contreras and Rexon Carvalho Fireworks, block parties and barbeques: Those are the first things that come to mind when the 4th of July rolls around. But what’s least talked about is the quality of breathable air on the nation’s birthday. Data shows that levels of fine particulate matter (PM2.5), a pollutant linked to […]

6 Things to Know About Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano Eruption

< Blog By Sarah Parsons, Liz Saccoccia and Francis Gassert Hawaii’s Kilauea eruption continues to make headlines, as new fissures open and lava engulfs trees, cars and homes in the Big Island’s Leilani Estates area. But there’s more to this story. Satellite and other near-real time data on Resource Watch provide context about volcanoes and the Kilauea eruption: 1.) Kilauea […]

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The challenges we face as stewards of Earth are staggering and often unprecedented. Extreme weather events—many of them harbingers of a changing climate—are hammering communities around the world, leaving devastation that costs billions of dollars. Loss of the planet’s tree cover reached a new high in 2016. The global population is set to grow by at least 2 billion […]