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From Oslo to Paris, these major cities have plans to go car-free

In late 2016, Madrid’s Mayor Manuela Carmena reiterated her plan to kick personal cars out of the city center. On Spanish radio network Cadena Ser, she confirmed that Madrid’s main avenue, the Gran Vía, will only allow access to bikes, … Continue reading

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Living near major traffic linked to higher risk of dementia 

People who live close to high-traffic roadways face a higher risk of developing dementia than those who live further away, new research from Public Health Ontario (PHO) and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) has found. Led by PHO … Continue reading

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Living near heavy traffic increases risk of dementia, say scientists 

Study tracking 6.6 million people estimates effect on one in 10 cases of Alzheimer’s while those living by busy roads are 12% are more likely to be diagnosed with dementia People living near a busy road have an increased risk … Continue reading

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Traffic-related air pollutants – priority carcinogens 

Approximately one third of the Canadian population is exposed to traffic-related air pollution (TRAP) where they live (defined as areas located 500m on either side of highways or 100m on either side of major urban roads).1 Concentrations of air pollution … Continue reading

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On a Scale of 1 to 10, the Air Pollution in Fort McMurray is a 38 

It’s been almost two weeks since a monster fire took a nasty turn in Fort McMurray Alberta, and the air quality is so bad that it will likely delay the return of residents. At a press conference on Monday, Alberta … Continue reading

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Alberta wildfire smoke making its way into Saskatchewan 

Smoke from the raging fire in Fort McMurray has moved into Saskatchewan, producing low visibility in some areas. Environment Canada issued special air quality statements for parts of the province, saying northwest winds are spreading smoke from wildfires in northeast … Continue reading

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Canadian wildfire smoke on course to reach Minnesota by Thursday

Smoke from a wildfire rises in the air as cars line up on a road in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Tuesday, May 3, 2016. At least half of a northern Alberta city was ordered evacuated Tuesday as a wildfire whipped by … Continue reading

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Air pollution poses a risk to Toronto cyclists 

A University of Toronto researcher says the city should take air pollution into account when planning cycling infrastructure. It turns out cars are harmful to cyclists in more ways than one. Four cyclists were killed last year in crashes with … Continue reading

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