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Large trucks are biggest culprits of near-road air pollution

A new study reveals large diesel trucks to be the greatest contributors to harmful black carbon emissions close to major roadways, indicating that vehicle types matter more than traffic volume for near-road air pollution. For the 30 per cent of … Continue reading

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Pollutionwatch: summer’s deadly wildfires cause pollution worldwide

Widespread wildfires have taken lives and destroyed habitats as well as causing air pollution Wildfires are spanning the northern hemisphere. Local impacts have been severe; notably the loss of habitat and life, including the tragic deaths in Greece. Smoke has caused … Continue reading

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Wildfires’ smoke gets even worse, prompting B.C. to elevate health-risk warnings for Metro Vancouver to highest levels

Metro Vancouver’s air quality continues to deteriorate as smoke from dozens of serious wildfires remains over the area. This afternoon (August 21), the province revised values for the region’s Air Quality Health Index, elevating health-risk levels from eight and nine … Continue reading

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High air pollution levels prompt special weather statement for Calgary

Light winds paired with a change in temperature have trapped smog over Calgary, prompting a special weather statement alert from Environment Canada. On Thursday at 5: 30 p.m., the agency warned that high levels of air pollution will remain over the … Continue reading

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Fort McMurray fires cause air pollution spike on other side of continent 

Smoke from Alberta fire was so massive the plumes created their own environmental system The huge wildfire in Fort McMurray last year caused air pollution to spike as far away as the New England states, more than 4,000 kilometres away, … Continue reading

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Pierce County burn ban for smoky air includes barbecues, campfires 

Diminished air quality prompted the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency to ban all outdoor burning in the region Wednesday. The state 1 burn ban went into effect at 4 p.m. for Pierce, King, Snohomish and Kitsap counties because smoke from British … Continue reading

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B.C. wildfires cause light orange haze over Vancouver in wake of air quality advisory

Vancouver residents are experiencing a small taste of what others in the B.C. Interior have been enduring for nearly a month. This morning, a light orange haze has descended over Vancouver. The misty skies are the result of smoke being … Continue reading

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Environment Canada alerts of increased air pollution due to ozone 

Environment Canada has issued a statement alerting residents of possible increased air pollution for July 18. The statement affects all of York Region and other parts of the GTA. Environment Canada says “hot and sunny conditions are expected to cause … Continue reading

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