A new study suggests that hibernating animals could detect the smell of smoke during their torpor.
Fireworks and bonfires may be a fun way to celebrate national holidays, but the smoke and other particles emitted into the atmosphere can reduce visibility by 25 percent. Visibility can be further reduced when humidity is high and particles absorb more moisture.
Orangutans and other rare species on the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Borneo are endanagered, in large part due to commercial plam oil cultivation. In the last decade alone, orangutan populations have declined by 50 percent as the result of habitat loss and smoke-related deaths.
A sea otter living at the Seattle Aquarium was recently diagnosed with asthma and is now learning how to use an inhaler.
A volcano erupted in spectacular fashion on a small island in southern Japan on Friday, spewing out rocks and ash, causing local residents to evacuate and flee the scene.
Marijuana use as a teenager may lead to poor long-term memory in one's adult years, according to a new study.
As part of China's "war on air pollution" launched in 2014, the country's government has revealed that only eight of its 74 largest cities have passed their own air quality standards. As a result, the government has reaffirmed their pledge to take action to improve air quality.
Smoke caused by land clearing may be linked to stronger, more intense tornadoes, according to a new study.
It is already well known that a great deal of health problems arise from smoking tobacco. Now researchers have discovered that cigarette smoking and second hand smoke can also lead to hearing loss, although why this occurs remains unclear.