02 Aug

Air Quality Advisory in Effect in Metro Vancouver Due to Wildfires

 

Metro Vancouver is continuing an Air Quality Advisory for Wednesday, August 2, 2017, for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley because of high concentrations of fine particulate matter that are expected to persist for several days.

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Persons with chronic underlying medical conditions should postpone strenuous exercise until the advisory is lifted. Exposure is particularly a concern for infants, the elderly and those who have diabetes, and lung or heart disease. If you are experiencing symptoms such as chest discomfort, shortness of breath, coughing or wheezing, follow the advice of your healthcare provider. As we are in the summer season with warm temperatures, it is also important to stay cool and hydrated. Indoor spaces with air conditioning may offer relief from both heat and air pollution.

Environment Canada advises:
– drinking plenty of water
– staying in cool places
– not leaving pets or people in parked car
– avoid strenuous exercise if you have a chronic underlying medical condition

For the advisory, read here:
https://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?bc42#2332409931621221346201707310502wo2080cwvr

Our air purifiers do help remove the harmful PM2.5 particulates in the air that the advisory warns against.

21 Jul

China has a new idea to fight air pollution: ‘Forest Cities’

Mockup from Stefano Boeri Architetti

CNN has a story on plans for a new ‘forest city’ to be built in southern China.

“Newly unveiled plans for Liuzhou Forest City, designed by the Italian firm Stefano Boeri Architettito be built in southern China, certainly seem to fit the bill […] Eventually, up to 30,000 people could call the Forest City home. […] The plant life is expected to absorb almost 10,000 tons of carbon dioxide and 57 tons of pollutants per year, and produce 900 tons of oxygen a year, while also decreasing the air temperature and providing a new habitat for displaced wildlife. […] Construction is set to begin in 2020.”