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Air quality suffers in Fairbanks, Alaska

Most of us are already familiar with the effects of climate change on the atmosphere in general, but smaller-scale temperature fluxes that can occur independently of global warming are apparently harmful to air quality.

Fairbanks, Alaska, recently released an air quality warning on Monday due to a temperature inversion, a process that occurs when warm air rises and traps cold air together with pollution on ground level, The Associated Press reports.

The Fairbanks North Star Borough initially advised against any strenuous activity for the young and elderly as well as those with heart and lung issues, but then raised the advisory to include the general population after conditions got worse on Wednesday and were projected to last through Friday, according to the news source.

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