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Coverage of air quality since September 11, 2023.

Former fire chief to lead AIM Recycling fire investigation

"...Smoke could still be seen coming from a smouldering pile of crushed cars at AIM Recycling in Saint John on the morning of Sept. 15, 2023. Image: Brad Perry..."

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Wildfire smoke impacts Okanagan air quality

"...air qualityB. C. Wildfires 2023KelownaOkanaganVernon..."

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B.C. to introduce new disaster management laws to address preparedness, mitigation

"...VANCOUVER — British Columbia's emergency management minister says the province will soon introduce new laws to govern responses to increasingly frequent natural disasters such as wildfires and flooding..."

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Air quality standards not violated near Stoney Creek landfill: report

"...A City of Hamilton report says no air quality standards have been violated following testing in the area of a landfill that is causing a strong odour..."

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Saint John mayor calls for

"...“Residents of Saint John deserve answers around oversight, operational compliance, environmental impacts, and public health,” Donna Reardon said in a statement on Monday morning..."

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EDITORIAL: Wildfire threat is not yet over

"...In addition, the wildfire season comes at a time when most of British Columbia is experiencing significant drought conditions. The majority of the province is in Drought Level 4 and Drought Level 5, the most severe of the six drought levels..."

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Canada needs clean-air shelters—and quickly

"...It’s going to take more than building clean-air shelters to keep vulnerable people safe; we’ll also need to provide adequate housing. A lot of the housing stock in First Nations communities, for example, is not of good quality. And if your building envelope is leaky, you’re going to see particulate moving inside from outside at a much faster rate..."

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Province suspending AIM Recycling operations, investigation planned

"...A massive pile of crushed cars continues to burn at the AIM Recycling facility in Saint John..."

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UPDATE: Shelter-in-place order expanded as AIM fire continues to burn

"...Saint John residents are urged to stay indoors as firefighters battle a blaze at a city recycling facility..."

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UPDATE: Shelter-in-place order issued due to AIM Recycling fire

"...A fire broke out at the American Iron and Metal recycling facility in west Saint John on Sept. 14, 2023. Image: Brad Perry..."

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Massive fire breaks out, explosions heard at recycling facility in Saint John, N.B. Globalnews.ca

"...Crews are battling a large fire that broke out at the American Iron and Metal recycling facility early Thursday morning..."

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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 is Canada's air quality? | Ask A Scientist

"...Let's start with one of the most common air pollutants: it's called particulate matter, or PM for short, and includes all the tiny particles that float in the air around us..."

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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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Academic Research

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

Environmental Factors and Their Impact on Airway Diseases: Exploring Air Pollution, Indoor and Outdoor Allergens, and Climate C

"...Indoor air pollution resulting from the use of biomass and coal for cooking and heating is a significant contributor to respiratory illnesses..."

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Integrated Modeling Approach for Developing Sustainable Buildings: A State of the Art

"...However, it involves a number of parameters like improved indoor air quality, adequate daylight, selection of material, etc..."

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The air we breathe: An In-depth analysis of PM2.5 pollution in 1312 cities from 2000 to 2020

"...6 aims to decrease the negative environmental impact per capita in cities, with an emphasis on urban air quality and waste management..."

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How does the fiscal pressure of local governments affect China?s PM2.5 emissions?

"...How will this affect environmental protection? Taking China as an example, this paper empirically studies the impact of changes in local government behavior on urban air quality under fiscal pressure..."

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Measurement of air pollutants concentrations from stacks of petrochemical company and dispersion modeling by AERMOD coupled wit

"...Therefore, measurement of emission rates of pollutants and their dispersion is required to determine policies and restrictions on pollutant emissions..."

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Improving the Efficiency of the Indoor Air Purification from Formaldehyde by Plants Colonized by Endophytic Bacteria Ochrobactr

"...This implied that endophytic bacteria could not only effectively improve the removal efficiency of formaldehyde, but also increased the resistance of not-native host plants to formaldehyde toxicity, suggesting its potential in an integrated system which provides a new path of an efficient and economical approach to radically improve indoor air quality, especially at nighttime..."

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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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Cost-effective approach to explore key impacts on the environment from agricultural tools to inform sustainability improvements

"...The United Nations Food Systems Summit and the European Green Deal have prompted various policy and regulatory initiatives aiming to transition agricultural practices to become more sustainable..."

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Investigating the Impression of National Clean Air Programme in Enhancement of Air Quality Characteristics for Non-attainment C

"...Under National Air Quality Monitoring Programme (NAMP), concentration of air pollutants (such as PM, SOx and NOx) was regularly monitored between 2015 and 2019 to evaluate the air quality status in the state..."

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Assessing the Impacts of Birmingham?s Clean Air Zone on Air Quality: Estimates from a Machine Learning and Synthetic Control Ap

"...We apply a unique combination of two recent methods: (1) a random forest machine learning method to strip out the effects of meteorological conditions on air pollution levels, and then (2) the Augmented Synthetic Control Method (ASCM) on the de-weathered air pollution data to isolate the causal effect of the CAZ..."

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Numerical Simulation and Optimisation of a New Air Purification System Based on CFD

"...Indoor air pollution directly threatens human health, with prolonged exposure to pollutants leading to respiratory problems, immune system issues, and even cancer..."

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Extracting exotic annual grass phenology and climate relations in western U.S. rangeland ecoregions

"...Therefore, understanding characteristics of EAG growth increases understanding of its dynamics and can inform rangeland management decisions..."

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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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