TO: CITY OF QUESNEL & CARIBOO REGIONAL DISTRICT BRIEFING NOTE SUBJECT: On November 28, 2012 The Quesnel Air Quality Round Table (QAQRT) held its semi-annual meeting at city hall. Updates were presented from roundtable members including: The Baker Creek Enhancement Society, Northern Health, The Quesnel Community and Economic Development Corporation, and Ministry of […]
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Total Reduced Sulphur A Brief Summary of Health Effects Prabjit Barn, Tom Kosatsky What is total reduced sulphur? Total reduced sulphur (TRS) is a mixture of several compounds which contain a sulphur component in the reduced form. The most common TRS compounds are: (1) hydrogen sulphide (H2S), (2) methyl mercaptan, (3) dimethyl sulphide and (4) […]
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Ground Level Ozone Ozone (O3) is a gas composed of three atoms of Oxygen. In the upper atmosphere, it occurs naturally and forms a protective layer that shields us from harmful ultraviolet rays produced by the sun (the “Ozone Layer”). Ozone does not occur naturally near the ground. At ground level, it is produced when […]
A University of BC professor and BC Lung Association researcher, Dr. Sverre Vedal, conducted a study entitled Health Effects of Inhalable Particles: Implications for British Columbia. Vedal’s study points out that “While air pollution is composed of different types of pollutants, fine particulates (or inhalable particles) are considered a greater health hazard than some higher […]
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) met in Kyoto Japan to develop an international accord that would help mitigate the effects of climate change through the reduction of GHG emissions. The resulting agreement called the Kyoto Protocol was signed by Canada on April 29, 1998 and ratified in 2002. It became legally […]
What can the individual homeowner do to help improve air quality? Many emissions are created by our own lifestyle choices, such as driving a poorly maintained vehicle or using an old smoky wood stove. Here are some tips on how you can reduce sources of PM10 and PM2.5 and other pollutants in Quesnel. Carpool, better […]
Is the present air quality hazardous to people’s health? When asked the question, “During the past 12 months, do you think any indoor or outdoor pollution issues have affected your health?” one out of three Quesnel residents responded “Yes” to a Community Health Survey conducted in the winter of 1998. Of these individuals, 89% said […]
Green House Gases and Climate Change relates to conditions in the upper atmosphere, and the resulting effects of the earth’s temperature. The greenhouse effect is the term used to describe the role of the atmosphere in insulating the planet from heat loss. Greenhouse gases (GHG) are gases in the atmosphere that give rise to this […]
Reuters May 12, 2008 CHICAGO (Reuters) – Air pollution heavy in small particles may cause blood clots in the legs, the same condition air travelers call “economy class syndrome” from immobility during flight, researchers said on Monday. Dr. Andrea Baccarelli of the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston and colleagues said they found the […]
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· Particulate Matter (P.M.) 2.5 is our main concern in Quesnel.
· P.M. comes from any combustion sources such as industry, vehicle emissions, woodstoves, yard waste burning, forest fires, land clearing using fire.
· In neighbourhoods outside of the airshed (see map) woodstoves, wood furnaces and yard burning are the biggest air quality health impacts.
· We have different pollutants here than they do in larger centres ( I can get more technical information for this point).
· Air Quality is getting better.