What does off-the-charts bad air from wildfire smoke do to our long-term health?

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The West Coast is looking at a future where cities are enveloped with smoke every summer. The health effects could be serious. As massive wildfires burn in California and Oregon, the air has been filled with so much smoke that air quality ratings in some places have literally gone off the charts. The EPA’s Air Quality Index, which gives an air quality score based on the level of pollutants such as PM 2.5, the tiny particles produced by burning wood, considers a reading of 200 unhealthy and 300 hazardous, creating emergency conditions. In Bend, Oregon, this weekend, the official AQI value was over 500. In Eugene last week, PurpleAir, a network of backyard sensors, registered readings over 700. Read Full Story

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Bearaby’s new ombre-hued weighted blankets are a burst of summer

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This limited-edition collaboration will make you think of popsicles by the beach when you’re curled up in the winter. It’s been a strange summer, as most of us have been homebound. So we’ve clung to simple pleasures, like cosy afternoon naps on the couch and fruit pops in the freezer. In a quirky collaboration, two brands have created a collection of popsicle-inspired weighted blankets that will allow us to bring the joys of summer with us as the colder months arrive. Read Full Story

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Birkenstocks are the perfect summer shoe—and there’s a style for everyone

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Whether you’re in the city, the mountains, on the beach, in the office, or at home, there’s a pair of Birkenstocks for you. Sandal season is finally here. And whether you’re looking for a sturdier pair of house shoes for the days spent at home, or it’s just time for a new pair of open-toed shoes to celebrate summer, there are few brands more synonymous with summer than Birkenstock. While they’ve been a mainstay for years (250 years, to be exact), these polarizing, cork-supported shoes are experiencing a bit of a moment in the world of high fashion and hype. Kanye West graced the May cover of GQ wearing the classic Boston clog, while Rick Owens described Birkenstocks as “functional and sex . . . maybe the sexiest shoes ever.” Read Full Story

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These 9 workout products will give you big results, without taking up much space

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The best weights, resistance bands, and fitness gear for home workouts. I’ve been running this summer. A lot. It’s been the perfect low-risk way for me to get out and about, breathe some fresh air, and get a lot of (really good) exercise. But as of late, my motivation to get out and log miles has been waning. First of all, the air quality for those of us out west is leaving much to be desired. Second, after months of logging miles, my joints need a break. And third, I miss strength-building workouts. But alas, all of my favorite boutique studios have been shuttered for some time, leaving me with fingers crossed awaiting their brick-and-mortar return. Read Full Story

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Government loves to regulate my restaurant. Where are lawmakers when I need them most?

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Coronavirus is devastating our industry and its workers, but local, state, and federal leaders have been nowhere to be found, writes Camilla Marcus, founder of NYC restaurant west-bourne. We have all had to make extraordinarily difficult decisions this week in the face of a pandemic affecting the health of millions and an uncertain response from federal, state, and local lawmakers. I own a restaurant in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood, and my fellow restaurateurs and I have never before faced such an intense pressure to figure out how to fulfill our purpose: to take care of our teams and nourish our communities while operating our businesses. All three goals have been at odds this week like never before. And government leaders to date have not helped us. In fact, things have been getting worse. Read Full Story

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Pfizer CEO: What we learned from our interns this summer

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Albert Bourla, chairman and CEO of the pharmaceutical giant, says remote work didn’t deter his company’s internship program, and may have made it stronger. The summer of 2020 was a season full of cancellations. Baseball games were pulled down, graduation celebrations were postponed or held online, and raucous political conventions in confetti-filled arenas were nowhere to be found. But through the COVID shutdowns, one tradition endured at Pfizer: the summer internship. Read Full Story

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