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A girl works on a drawing next to an unused viewing scope as a smoky haze obscures the Space Needle and downtown Seattle behind, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. Public-health officials are warning of unhealthy air across parts of the Pacific Northwest as smoke from wildfires move across the region. (Elaine Thompson/AP)MoreCloseclosemore
A girl works on a drawing next to an unused viewing scope as a smoky haze obscures the Space Needle and downtown Seattle behind, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. Public-health officials are warning of unhealthy air across parts of the Pacific Northwest as smoke from wildfires move across the region. (Elaine Thompson/AP)

Seattle measured its worst air quality in decades this week as wildfires in British Columbia blanketed much of the Northwest in a smoky haze. Cleaner air has since moved into Seattle, but many West Coast cities are still dealing with poor air quality.

Here & Now's Peter O'Dowd speaks with Elizabeth Ridlington (@FrontierEliz), a policy analyst with Frontier Group and co-author of a recent study on air pollution.

This segment aired on August 17, 2018.

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