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Worldwide wildfires increase health risks of bad air

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DULUTH -- As huge swathes of Australia’s Outback burn in wildfires spurred by drought, health experts in the U.S. warned Thursday that more heat and more fires means more unhealthy air to breathe.

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The Natural Resources Defense Council released a list of 31 states — including Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa — that saw air quality degraded in 2011 because of smoke from wildfires, some of them within the state and others far away.

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