The Nest Protect Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm is a reasonably priced smart detector with ample functionality. The 2nd generation Nest Protect comes in both battery and hardwired models, and instead of traditional photoelectric or ionization technology, this alarm uses a split-spectrum sensor to monitor for both smoldering and fast-burning fires. In addition to sending you push notifications when it senses smoke or carbon monoxide, it offers voice alerts, a night light option, low-battery alerts, and a monthly self-test feature. It takes about five minutes to set up the Nest Protect, and the process is impressively thorough, asking you for the detector location, as well as your self-testing and night light preferences. The Nest app is intuitive and easy to use on both iPhones and Androids--not surprising given that Nest is a leader in the smart home space.
FLAGSTAFF, ARIZONA – Among the hundreds of firefighters, aircraft and engines dispatched to fight a recent wildfire in northern Arizona were two women whose focus wasn't on flames. Because of the health hazards from wildfires spewing smoke into the atmosphere, Congress earlier this year said all top-tier federal teams battling wildland blazes should have at least one specialist assigned to monitor smoke. The smoke itself can be more problematic than the flames that produce it. Smoke that poured into Seeley Lake, Montana, from a nearby wildfire in 2017 got so bad that health officials warned residents to leave or find somewhere else to sleep at night when smoke is at its worst. Other places have opened respite centers or set up air filtration systems in buildings to give people a place to go when it's too smoky.
A massive smoke plume rises above the the Woolsey Fire in Malibu, California.David McNew/Getty Images This story was originally published by Atlas Obscura and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. America's coasts sit 3,000 miles apart, and are separated by differences both geological and philosophical. But they sit under the same sky--and when disaster strikes on one edge, the air sometimes carries it to the other. In the parched spring of 1935, dust blew eastward. New York newspapers wrote that Cleveland, Ohio, had been "darkened by a silt cloud" that dampened visibility.
Second-hand smoke could affect a woman's baby before she has even conceived, a shocking new study reveals. Decades of evidence have shown pregnant women who smoke or inhale second-hand smoke are more likely to deliver children with brain impairment that affects learning and behavior. But new research by Duke University has shown this risk was identical in lab rats exposed to tobacco before conceiving. The startling findings are an industry first, and will likely put pressure on health officials to ramp up the already-stringent public health policies on smoking. And the researchers warn nicotine chemicals in e-cigarettes could be just as dangerous.