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Coverage of air quality since January 25, 2024.

Questions linger a month after Burnaby refinery incident

"...It's been one month since an incident at Burnabys Parkland refinery sent a foul odour throughout parts of Metro Vancouver, prompting a public safety advisory and an air quality bulletin..."

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Milan bans heavy vehicles, imposes antismog measures during bout of bad air pollution

"...A lack of rain and wind has exacerbated air pollution levels in Italy, particularly in the mostly land-locked and industrial northern Po River Valley. Parts of the Italian peninsula are frequently hit by periods of bad air quality in winter, thanks to a combination of low rainfall, industrial and vehicle emissions and mountain ranges that trap the smog..."

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High air pollution levels in Thai capital spark order for city employees to work from home

"...The Department of Pollution Control declared last month that Bangkok had officially entered its annual smog season, but the region has suffered from deteriorating air quality since late last year. For Chiang Mai and other northern provinces which experience prolonged high levels of microscopic dust, the season usually begins in late February, when dry weather and an atmospheric inversion layer cause airborne particles to accumulate..."

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Floods and fires: Climate change brings health risks, finds B.C. report

"...Dr. Patricia Daly says those risks from climate extremes are different in each community under the authority which encompasses 1. 25 million people, depending on geography and demographics..."

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West Virginia agriculture bill stokes fears about pesticide-spewing logging facility

"...The facility would treat logs before they are shipped overseas. Prior to the company backing down, the state Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Air Quality said it tentatively planned to issue the permit that would let the facility emit up to nearly 10 tons (9. 07 metric tons) of the pesticide methyl bromide into the atmosphere each year..."

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Vancouver medical health officer says climate change puts many at risk

"...In her first report since the COVID-19 pandemic, Daly says climate change presents a range of health risks including extreme heat, wildfire smoke, flooding and droughts..."

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Group of University of Waterloo students demanding improved response to COVID-19-related issues

"...The CARE Coalition's demands include improved communication about COVID-19, indoor air quality measures, ongoing monitoring of and response to COVID-19-related risks, and measures to support equity, accessibility and inclusion..."

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Burnaby wants refinery to pay $30K firefighting bill after Jan. 21 incident

"...Burnaby's mayor and council are demanding answers and looking to be reimbursed for a $30,000 firefighting bill after an incident at the Parkland Refinery that prompted a public safety advisory and an air quality bulletin..."

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Air quality alert cancelled after fire at eastern Alberta oil lease site

"...Air quality is no longer a concern for people in the eastern Alberta County of Minburn, following a fiery blaze at an oil lease site Tuesday evening..."

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Air quality statement remains in Metro Van CityNews Vancouver

"...A special air quality statement remains in place for parts of Metro Vancouver due to the Burnaby Refinery..."

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Air quality statement due to Burnaby refinery CityNews Vancouver

"...Environment Canada released an air quality statement Sunday for parts of Metro Vancouver due to operations at the Parkland Refinery in Burnaby..."

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Jobs in air quality

Recent employment opportunities from across Canada.

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Program Manager, Air Quality Regulation and Enforcement - Metro Vancouver (Burnaby, BC)

"...Ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external contacts.   Excellent conflict resolution and negotiation skills; skilled in dealing openly, tactfully and sensitively in a variety of situations..."

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Director, Environmental Protection Standards - BC Public Service (Victoria, BC)

"...The Director, Environmental Protection Standards provides leadership to a team of policy and technical specialists in the Clean Air, Bonding, and Integrated Pest Management Section of the Environmental Standards Branch.   This role leads the planning, development, delivery, and evaluation of a range of legislation, regulation, policies, and programs including leadership to staff regarding:..."

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Environmental Monitoring Assistant - Metro Vancouver (Burnaby, BC)

"...Reviews and monitors environmental monitoring data provided by regulated or permitted operations related to Air Quality, Liquid and Solid Waste programs, ensures completeness and compliance of data received with all regulatory requirements; applies conversions to the data provided into appropriate units and calculates user fees; prepares invoices and tracks payments received; reports all significant occurrences of non-compliance to an Enforcement Officer..."

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Director, Environmental Regulation & Enforcement - Metro Vancouver (Burnaby, BC)

"...Confidently responds to questions and challenges from a variety of sources and skilled in presenting information in a usable format to facilitate analysis and understanding..."

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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention air quality.

10/23/20 - Brine Wells; Air Quality; Schools and Airborne Disease

Duration: 03:29

"...About 150 old brine wells in the area are being plugged..."

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Holy Smoke! Air Quality Meteorologist Scott Landes

Duration: 29:00

"...Source: Sea Change Radio..."

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Indoor Air Quality Transparency with RESET™

Duration: 45:17

"...We can survive for weeks without food and days without water..."

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Indoor Air Quality Transparency with RESET™

Duration: 45:17

"...We can survive for weeks without food and days without water..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about air quality.

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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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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How The Most Hated Auto Part Changed The World

"...While three-way catalytic converters are more efficient at removing pollutants, their effectiveness is highly sensitive to the air-fuel mixture ratio..."

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Academic Research

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

Meteorological AQI and pollutants concentration-based AQI predictor

"...Forecasting the value of air pollutants and predicting the Air Quality Index (AQI) are crucial in improving the control measures for tackling air pollution..."

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Hybridization of rough set?wrapper method with regularized combinational LSTM for seasonal air quality index prediction

"...In general, air quality is measured using the air quality index, which records the pollutants level in the air..."

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A wavelet enhanced approach with ensemble based deep learning approach to detect air pollution

"...Considering the serious impact of air pollution on human health and life, air pollutant concentration forecast has been drawn great attention because it can provide people with information of air quality..."

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High-performance formaldehyde prediction for indoor air quality assessment using time series deep learning

"...The method?s feasibility was established, and the study provides theoretical support for guiding indoor air pollution control measures and ensuring human health and safety..."

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Short Review on Taxation Action in the Sustainability of Green Airports

"...According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), 13% of greenhouse gas emissions are caused by the aviation sector, making green airports the most logical choice for sustainable development..."

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Designing IoT-Based Products for Indoor Air Quality Management: A Design Thinking Methodology

"...To reduce the impact, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) investigation is increasingly a subject of utmost importance for mankind nowadays, since people spend most of their time indoors, where the pollution level is higher than outdoors..."

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Improving IAQ with Reduced Energy Cost in the Aeronautical Facilities

"...The COVID-19 has affected millions of people across the world and has raised awareness of the importance of good indoor air quality (IAQ) in Aeronautical facilities together with other all types of residential and commercial buildings..."

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Analysis of short-term changes in air quality for two industrial zones by innovative polygon trend analysis

"...Analyzing trends is crucial for understanding air quality variations, climate change, and socioeconomic development over time..."

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Indoor Environmental Quality Assessment in a Newly Renovated Office Building in Delhi City

"...The data analysis includes pollutant concentrations with and without operation of the ventilation system, indoor/outdoor ratio of pollutants, indoor air quality during working and non-working hours etc..."

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Sustainable development by carbon emission reduction and its quantification: an overview of current methods and best practices

"...This review paper examines a range of strategies and methodologies, including green building rating systems, sustainable materials and renewable energy, smart building management systems, carbon capture and storage, life cycle assessments, and greenhouse protocols, that can facilitate sustainable development by reducing and quantifying carbon emissions..."

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Comprehensive Survey on AQI Prediction Using Machine Learning Algorithms

"...Air pollution is caused by a variety of air pollutants such as carbon dioxide (CO2), carbon monoxide (CO), particulate matter 2..."

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IoT Based Real Time Monitoring of Delhi-NCR Air Pollution Using Low Power Wide Area Network

"...In this paper IoT based continuous monitoring of the air pollution level of CO and CO2 air pollutants carried out including temperature and humidity using different sensors and a micro-controller in Delhi-NCR (National Capital Region) at Greater Noida..."

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Further Resources

Find out more about air quality.

FireSmoke Canada

The Canadian portal for information and resources about smoke from wildland fires. This system produces forecasts of hourly ground-level concentrations of PM2. 5 smoke particles from wildfires up to two days into the future.

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