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We are currently in the midst of a global pandemic, catastrophic wildfires, global warming, ocean warming, ocean acidification and sea level rise.

COVID-19 lockdowns resulted in better air quality due to decreased commercial activity and automobile traffic. The lifting of lockdowns and a recent surge of wildfires in Western and Mountain states has quickly reversed this trend.

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CNET TAKE: The Blueair Pure 411 is a simple, straightforward purifier with smart design and solid bang for your buck. You get particle and carbon filtration (which removes odors and gaseous pollutants) that will work well in a 160-square-foot room, all for $120. Some devices, like Sharp's Air Purifier, don't even offer that much cleaning power at nearly twice the price.

While air pollution in the U.S. has improved remarkably since the passage of the Clean Air Act, millions of people nationwide still live in counties where air pollution levels exceeded air quality standards.

Northwest Innovation Works cleared another major permitting hurdle Wednesday, as regulators granted an air pollution permit for its proposed $…

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