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Coverage of air pollution since August 23, 2023.

Home Energy Savings Program

"...This program is the result of seven years of work in partnership with communities in central/northern coastal BC. It is led by Ecotrust Canada, funded by Natural Resources Canada, and implemented in collaboration with our community partners. It aims to support and empower households to increase their home energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions while also reducing energy costs, energy insecurity, air pollution, and safety hazards..."

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B.C. residents split on future of provincial carbon tax: poll Globalnews.ca

"...While 43 per cent said they want the provincial carbon tax to go, more than two in three said they are worried about four environmental problems: global warming and climate change (71 per cent), the pollution of rivers, lakes and reservoirs (70 per cent), and air pollution (66 per cent). Story continues below advertisement..."

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The Shipping Industry Won’t Fulfill its Decarbonization Goals without Investing More in Low-carbon Fuels

"...Dark smoke billows from a ship leaving port in Kingston, Jamaica. Cargo ships run primarily on heavy fuel oil, which contributes to climate change, air pollution and human health risks. Photo by Lucia Gajdosikova/iStockWith maritime trade volumes set to triple by 2050, emissions will only continue to rise unless the industry takes swift action to correct course..."

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British Columbians Divided on Future of Provincial Carbon Tax

"...At least two thirds of British Columbians say they are personally concerned about four environmental problems: global warning or climate change (71%, +8), the pollution of rivers, lakes and reservoirs (70 %, +4), the pollution of drinking water (69%, +4) and air pollution (66%, +1)..."

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Africa making strides in promoting sustainable and resilient cities

"...“Notwithstanding, several cities in the region still grapple with challenges such as climate change [flash floods, food shortages due to droughts, extreme temperatures], poor sanitation, poverty, inadequate housing, inequality, and rapid urbanization, which will put more people at risk of air pollution, which is a major threat to health and is associated with nearly seven million premature deaths annually. ”..."

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Some McMasterville, Que., residents oppose building of $7B EV battery plant

"...The government is proposing to change the zoning from residential to industrial, leaving a buffer zone of 350 metres between the homes around it. The factory's neighbours include a seniors residence and a daycare. A petition opposing the project has gathered a little over 800 signatures, arguing the buffer zone is too small and they are worried about pollution..."

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Car travel and natural gas use stress targets as CRD emissions rise

"...The Capital Regional District’s greenhouse gas emissions rose between 2020 and 2022 as it tries to cut pollution by 61 per cent between 2007 and 2038. (Courtesy of the CRD)..."

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Lessons From California’s Carbon Dioxide Removal Policies

"...The California Climate Crisis Act, or AB 1279, was signed into law in September of 2022, and requires net-zero greenhouse gas emission by 2045 and net-negative emissions thereafter. It mandates at least 85% emissions reductions from 1990 levels by 2045, ensuring that carbon dioxide removal does not play an excessive role in meeting net zero..."

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Royal City taking part in mini forest pilot project Globalnews.ca

"...Guelph is one of five communities in Canada that are taking part in this pilot project. The objective of the mini forest is to reduce air pollution, increase biodiversity and provide habitat for wildlife. “Miyawaki forests have been planted around the world, but the approach isn’t as common in Canada,” said Dave Beaton, program manager of forestry and sustainable landscapes..."

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'Climate breakdown' alert as air quality dips during heatwaves: UN chief

"...The 2023 WMO Air Quality and Climate Bulletin – coming on the heels of the Secretary General’s statement – puts the spotlight firmly on the damage caused by heatwaves. It notes that high temperatures are not only a hazard by themselves, but they also trigger damaging pollution. Based on the 2022 data, the report shows how heatwaves fanned a dangerous drop in air quality last year..."

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Blog: Update on Site-Specific Air Standard Approval – Glencore Canada Corporation

"...In June 2023, CELA made a submission to the Ontario government regarding Glencore Canada Corporation’s (Glencore) application for a site-specific air pollution standard (SSS) for its Kidd Concentrator facility. Glencore’s application, if approved, would allow them to release sulphur dioxide at a rate almost 7 times the health-based provincial air standards. This risks poor air quality with potentially serious consequences to the environment and human health..."

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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention air pollution.

Air Pollution Rules Buckle Under Brutal Heat Waves

Duration: 12:41

"...Extreme heat waves are breaking out all across the country, and some environmental activists are questioning whether this unprecedented summer is making the EPA's air pollution regulations obsolete. ..."

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Texas Freeze Led to Pollution, But Likely No Fines

Duration: 14:14

"...Industrial sites in Texas spewed much more air pollution than normal as a result of the frigid temperatures there last month and the ensuing infrastructure failures. ..."

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Air Pollution: What are we breathing in?

Duration: 41:39

"...What's going on with the air that we breathe? Well, quite a lot, it seems..."

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Frank Kelly on air pollution

Duration: 27:00

"...Long before most of us gave air pollution a second thought, Frank Kelly was studying the impact of toxic particles on our lungs..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about air pollution.

Why You Should Ditch Deadly Fossil-Fuel Appliances | Donnel Baird | TED

"...(Think: breathing in air pollution from gas stoves, furnaces and water heaters. ) If we're going to fix this problem, we need to retrofit millions of buildings with all-electric equipment, says energy upgrader Donnel Baird..."

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World's Largest Carbon Removal Plant & Jakarta's New Sky Train | WEF | Top Stories of the Week

"...2:33 How coffee is being used to strengthen concrete - This could cut the amount of organic waste going to landfill, reduce greenhouse gas emissions from concrete production and help tackle a global shortage of sand..."

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Did COVID-19 travel restrictions improve air quality? | Ask a Scientist

"...Elisabeth Galarneau, Research Scientist at Environment and Climate Change Canada, answers a question about the effects of reduced air travel on air quality during COVID-19..."

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What are cumulative effects?

"...Pollutants from urban runoff, like oil and gas, that might have spilled or dripped on the road..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about air pollution relevant to the latest news.

Sustainable production of biofuels from the algae-derived biomass

"...The development of algae-based biofuel would not only change environmental pollution control but also benefit producers' economic and social advancement..."

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Optimal Energy Distribution of Multi-Energy Sources in Fuel-Cell Electric Bus Using Long Short-Term Memory

"...To overcome these problems, the automobile industry is prioritizing the development of eco-friendly vehicles that reduce greenhouse gas emissions Among these, fuel-cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) use hydrogen as a fuel and do not emit exhaust gas and their higher mileage and shorter fuel charging time compared to electric vehicles make them promising next-generation eco-friendly vehicles..."

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Uncertainties in research between urban landscape and air quality: summary, demonstration, and expectation

"...The urban landscape metric has been correlated with air pollutant concentrations but has been found in different studies to have both a negative and a positive relationship..."

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Evaluation of plant species for air pollution tolerance and phytoremediation potential in proximity to a coal thermal power sta

"...This research is relevant to urban planners, policymakers, and environmentalists interested in sustainable urban development and air pollution mitigation..."

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Role of air pollution tolerance index (APTI) method for green belt development: a review

"...Plants having greater air pollution tolerance index (APTI) values are more tolerant and act as a sink, whereas plants with lower APTI values are less tolerant and can be used to determine the air quality..."

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Machine learning algorithms to forecast air quality: a survey

"...Air pollution is a risk factor for many diseases that can lead to death..."

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What drives customers crazy for green vehicles? a fuzzy AHP approach

"...The use of green vehicles, such as electric or hybrid vehicles, can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution, and dependence on fossil fuels..."

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Spatial heterogeneity of marginal willingness to pay for air quality in PM2.5: analysis of buyers? housing price in Beijing thr

"...Valuing air quality can help governments better evaluate the economic benefits of policies related to air pollution..."

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