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Air pollution could increase COVID-19 cases, severity outcomes: Swedish study
A Swedish observational study suggests there is a correlation between air pollution and an increased risk of positive Covid-19 cases and more severe outcomes among young adults.
Road dust adds to unhealthy air quality
As road dust gets dispersed into the air, it can contribute to health issues and an increase in mortality rates.
Are you having a bad AIR day?
Did you know? Williams Lake has a meteorological air quality monitoring station at Columneetza School. It measures the big 3 pollutants, particulate matter (PM2.5, PM10), nitrogen dioxide ( NO2) and ozone (O3 ), along with current weather conditions (temperature, humidity, precipitation and wind speed/direction). Local and Provincial data, with links to Smokey Sky Bulletins and Air QualityContinue reading “Are you having a bad AIR day?”
Facts & Fiction About Idling
Did you know? During the winter, Canadians idle their vehicles for a combined total of 75 million minutes a day and that idling releases twice as many exhaust fumes into the air then a moving vehicle! Here’s the truth about idling – it may surprise you! Check out Idle Free BC for more information. NoContinue reading “Facts & Fiction About Idling”
6 Steps to Reduce Chimney Smoke
Simple steps can be taken to reduce smoke from your chimney. Learning to burn better, protects people, while also saving time and money. Increased efficiency means less wood is require to heat your home. 1. Check the chimney Grey or smelly smoke drifting from your chimney indicates incomplete combustion due to wet wood, not enoughContinue reading “6 Steps to Reduce Chimney Smoke”
7 Reasons to Bike & Walk Instead of Drive
Active transportation is good for your body and the planet! In case you need convincing, here are 7 excellent reasons to trade out your drive to work or school with walking and biking. Fewer vehicles in the school zone: Reduced traffic at the school site results in less congestion and safer access to the schoolContinue reading “7 Reasons to Bike & Walk Instead of Drive”
Active Transport & “Air” Flags
Active transportation is human-powered, self propelled movement between locations. Whether one walks, runs, rides a bike, kayaks or skates, choosing to participate means less pollution in the air. Driving less reduces emissions linked to poor health and climate change, while physical activity has many benefits for individual health and wellness.
A citizen science project has begun to collect data about the air quality in the Williams Lake airshed. A total of 14 Purple Air PM2.5 monitors are being installed around the community.
Why Air Quality Matters
The ABCs of Emergency First Aid, acknowledge “Airway” and “Breathing,” as the first things to assess when attempting life-saving resuscitation. From individual, public and planetary health perspectives we can take guidance from this primary medical objective.